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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,640 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,640
Reviews: 1,978
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 357
Gots: 750 | FT: 25
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 Tyrawlings
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz.Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown with amber hues. Pours a dense two fingered tan head that stays for the duration of the sample. Sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

S: Big citrus fruit. Pine resin. Caramel malts and bread. Warm Alcohol.

T: This bastard starts out with a grapefruit punch to the tongue and is follwed by a nice piney hop bite. Roasted caramel malts with a hint of sweetness. Earthy presence is followed by waming alcohol.

M: Silky smooth. Slight carbination. Warming achohol finishes dry.

D:This beer is well balanced for all that it has going on. The high ABV keeps it from being an all nighter but this is damn drinkable none the less. A great strong ale that is to be respected for sure.

Tyrawlings, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of Axic10
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a snifter. 2010 Vintage.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark reddish brown with a finger of khaki head that settles in a minute or two.

Smell: Sweet citrusy notes of grapefruit, pineapple and tangerine, floral hops, heavy sweet malt character and a noticeable boozy aroma on the nose.

Taste: Bitter hops, piney, bitter grapefruit and some sweet pineapple, caramel malts, heavy booze aftertaste on this, but I love a boozy beer.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and boozy (I like that though).

Drinkability: I always enjoy this when I can get it and have another 2010 aging to see how it mellows, even though I like the boozy heat.

Axic10, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of gopens44
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Great color on this one. Dark orangy-ruby with a cloudy, hazy middle-ness. We also experienced a nice, pretty 1.5" foam head that sticks around a little while

S - Well, what hit me first was a sweet yet evil mixture of hops and cherries that gives way quickly to something oaky and chocolately, and then ultimately changes back to an earthy fruity smell again. So beautiful and so strange... (my apologies to Mudvayne for stealing their lyric)

T - Never has a smell and taste matched so well without being able to fully explain either. There was such a bold and confident delivery of sweet burning dark fruit hops here that you could almost forget that it was waiting in the glass for further contemplation. The finishing taste is that of a more caramel covered alcohol carrying hop truffle.

M - Very full bodied and not overly carbonated. Finish is dry with an after taste that doesn't hang around too long.

I love most everything from Stone, and this is no exception. This was a wonderful punch in the mouth that kept up its offensive party throughout the entire beautiful bomber.

gopens44, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of LittleBreeze
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at Mahar's

Pours an amber. Decent head.

Not a style I normally reach for. I loved the smell. Lots of floral and citrus.

First taste made me giggle. It was more like...wth was that! I had to keep drinking to try figuring it out. It is crisp, smooth, sweet. Carbonation has it dancing on your tongue. This beer is just great fun.

This becomes a relaxing drink after the initial excitement. Maybe it is the little hop high. Maybe it is the 11%. A few pints of this can disappear rather quickly. Watch out!

LittleBreeze, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of PBoegel
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up 2 bombers at Oliver's last night.

This years brew is simply outstanding. While still a slight bit rough around the edges, where it is hot it also balanced with an outstanding but not in your face over the top hop profile.

The beer pours a very clear reddish orange amber hue with a nice slightly tan head.

The smell is warm alcohol, tropical fruits and warm apple pie.

The hops are well balanced with a judicious malt profile. The fruit that comes from the malt is less estery and more of a dried and cooked sugary fruit profile.

The flavors draw much of the same as that aroma with a nice clean and punching hop bitterness to cleanse the sweetness from the palate.

This is the best I have ever recalled Double B to be in terms of freshness and flavor.

Probably need to pick up more than 1 bottle in reserve.

PBoegel, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of DrDemento456
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Red brown hazy in color with a slight faded head.
S - well I mostly smell coffee malt and oak.
T - Slight citrus hops with oak as the predominant flavor.
M - Alcohol well balanced with flavor. Bitter finish
D - Well I will have to have this again.

Overall a very bitter yet drinkable beer. Even though I bought it over 2 months ago the bitter floral hops really hit the tounge.

DrDemento456, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of CenCalMario
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a beer! You don't have to be a double bastard to try this beer, but you do have to be a double hop and malt head. This beer had me at "smell" hello... what great head retention and aroma! Super powerful @ 11%, but after two drinks it flows like Niagra Falls. There are so many flavors, smells, aromas going on that it is a circus of sensations. Can't believe I waited so long to try it... I'm hooked!

CenCalMario, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of mdwalsh
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Red, and very hazy. Like, much, much too hazy. Thinnish head, less than one finger.

S: Extremely hoppy, sort of a cooked citrus sort of aroma, with some input from malts. 2010 release, so relatively fresh. It's a very intense aroma that greeted my nose as soon as I opened the bottle and just exploded as I poured.

T: The taste mostly follows the aroma. A brief, rough bitter hop assault followed by the mellow merging of hops and malt into an intense but smooth tasty party. The citrus dovetails into a broader array of flavors including some spice and piney notes. Alcohol is just barely noticeable, perfectly so.

M: Very good. It's big and bold but not heavy. Excellent carbonation.

D: Sippable, but not so much that the alcohol is going to sneak up on you.

mdwalsh, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of Arenbeer
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz 2009 vintage into a snifter glass.

A- Pours like liquid mud. Murky dark cloudy cloudy brown with a thin 1 finger off white khaki head that dissipates almost immediately.

S- Strong caramel malts, piny hops, and a strong boozy presence that really isn't to bad for 10 +.

T- Brutal caramel malts that blend well with the strong hop presence still alive in this bottle. Unlike the smell the booze rip the tongue apart along with the hops creating a crazy and strong mouthfeel.

M- Full bodied with moderate to lower carbonation and a crazy bitter finish that destroy's the tongue. In a good way of course.

Overall, i recommend trying the regular bastard first to warm up to this. Especially if your not used to strong ales. Would also love to throw one in the cellar for a good 5 years and try it then. See how this bad boy matures.


Arenbeer, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of mikehblack
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Bottle

A- Deep amber/garnet color. Looks kind of like an American Barleywine. Thick off-white head. Sticks to the glass a bit.

S- Tropical fruits. Mango, pineapple. Very sweet smell. Some citrus hops.

T- Again with the fruits but more on the citrus hop spectrum. Bready malts. Finish lingers a bit with more hop bitterness. Makes my mouth water a bit. 10.5% is masked well by the massive amount of hops.

M- Medium carbonation, pretty well-built body. Alcohol hidden well.

O- This is quite a demanding beer, with flavors coming from all over the hop and malt ends. I'd like to compare it to my 2010 bottle to see if the hop character has faded at all.

mikehblack, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of zac16125
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 batch,from a bomber poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark amber w/ a reddish hue. A finger’s width off-white colored head, which slowly dissipates to a residual film that stays throughout the drink, leaving a significant lacing.

S: Sweet malts w/ predominate fruity aromas and a slight citrus character. There are also hints of caramel, and maybe even some chocolate aromas coming out. After a couple sniffs the alcoholic esters are certainly noticeable.

T: This beer is complex, w/ its taste varying from sip to sip. Alternating between burnt roasted malts, earthy hoppy bitterness, and dominating alcohol flavors. The sweet/fruity aromas that dominated the smell, aren’t really appreciated in the taste, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. With all the complexity it manages to stay pretty well balanced. If one taste predominates the sips it’s an initial roasted malts followed by a hop bitterness finish. At some point as the beer warms I noticed some caramel and chocolate malt flavors, and occasionally the alcohol really comes out.

M/D: Remarkably smooth and easy to drink considering its 11.2% ABV, which is, for the most part, hidden very well.

O: Overall, a very good offering from Stone. I will try again and recommend to those who like strong ales.

zac16125, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper with a nice wheat head and a good deal of lacing.

S: Tropical hops and some roasted malts that bring on a good deal of sweetness.

T: Quite sweet with dark sugars and caramel in addition to the tropical and citrus hops. Slightly earthy with some wood notes.

M: Full body with good carbonation and a bready mouthfeel.

D: Pretty drinkable. This is definitely a bastard of a beer. I had this pretty fresh, and I'd like to try aging a bottle of this to see what sort of complexities comeout.

Thorpe429, May 01, 2009
Photo of granger10
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now I know why the bottle cap says "you're not worthy". After consuming this beer I realized that it was one of the most intense beers I have ever had, so complex and strong, this one's not for the timid. The color is absolutely beautiful. Mohagony color with auburn highlights and an airy tan head that dissipated quickly. The nose is citrusy, hoppy, malty, and strong in alcohol. The taste was super complex. Starts off with a thick, sappy malt syrup flavor then follows with an acidic taste with some sweetness (grapefruit w/sugar added). Alcohol comes in strong and throws me back. Intense bitter hops blow my taste buds away. Burning sensation down my body. I was astounded. This was my last beer in 2003 because I wanted to get a little more bastard in me before the new year to cleanse the soul!

granger10, Jan 01, 2004
Photo of HosP
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into pint glass. 2009 batch.

A- Pours deep copper color. Small head that leaves solid lacing on glass.

S- Very nice sweet malt smell. Molasses aroma with hints of fruits, maybe apple.

T- Like the nose, sweet molasses upfront followed quickly by some bitterness. Hops give it the perfect balance to the malts. Bitterness stays with you however nothing overpowering. Great flavors to it, citrus hops with some apple taste.

M- Medium-full body. Not much carbonation. Smooth drink, with some warming to it.

D- I very much enjoy Arrogant Bastard, and I really enjoy this drink. The alcohol isn't masked as much, however the flavors make up for it. Great beer for a colder night... to bad it's still 90 degrees outside!

HosP, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of cvstrickland
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A draught-poured goblet of Stone's 2006 Double Bastard Ale sports a hazy reddish-amber body and a thin cap of ecru foam that retreats quickly into a thin collar that leaves thin lacing on the glass.

The smell is mighty and malty with a mellow blast of piney, citrusy hops.

The taste is oily hop-bitter with fruity-sweet malt, dry and toasty malt, and a bit of syrupy semi-sweet caramel sweetening the profile. A whopping dose of bitter piney citrus mops up the sweetness and dries the finish, even as it makes me wonder about the initial Megaton-yield of the hop-bomb this thing must have been at its birth!

The drink is oily, slick, and sticky. Superb feel and good drinkability for style.

cvstrickland, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice, frothy, three-finger-deep, barely off-white head of various-sized bubbles and good clumping; cling is okay but not particularly sticky. Color of bronze with near-garnet highlights; copper glow and dark, orangey-honey... changing all the time as I move the glass through different lighting conditions... hey, what color is this, anyway? Aroma: honey, cinnamon, bit of nutmeg. Cane-sugar maltiness up front; leafy, cool hops at back of nose achieve near strawberry tones; slight touch of warm alcohol. Where to even start with the flavor? Malts up front, enormous brown sugar and butterscotch all over the palate, then huge hops come barrelling through, unbelievably fresh, flowery hops! grapefruity and tannic; alcohol warmth in midpalate and is that rosemary?! rye whiskey? Wolloping mouthfeel is just body, body, body that BITES; firm, pervasive, lingering. Drinkability gets high marks because you just keep coming back to explore the flavors. In a word? Vast.

NearerMyBeerToMe, Dec 14, 2003
Photo of DNICE555
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sierra Grill in Northampton. Zapps and Mikey Larse couldn't handle this one so I took it on. Offered in a full pint size or half. I didn't want this to be the only beer I could have, so I opted for the half. Got some nice flavor out of this one. Hops, cherry, and only a slight warming from the alcohol. A very well balanced big beer.

DNICE555, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of kmeves
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber/brown with a minimal grey head. Aroma is lightly sweet with grapefruit, cherry, flowers and caramel. The flavor is floral hop, grapefruity hop, cherries, toffee, orange and light cinnamon. Medium body, very pleasant light creamy texture. Finishes very hoppy and dry with a warming alcohol burn.

kmeves, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, burgundy/copper color with a tan, foamy, bubbly, small head. It left some trails of lace.

S - It smelled of sweet fruits, some caramel and some toffee.

T - It really had a rich taste, unlike anything that I've ever tasted. It had a fruity sweetness and caramel taste with a very spicy hop and boozy alcohol kick.

M - It was sharp and crisp with a smooth finish. A full-bodied ale.

D - This is a very unique brew that does not fit into style guidelines. It is delicious but very potent and a little hard to drink,

zeff80, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite/tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is perfect. It has a rich and intense malt offering that is balanced well with an equally intense hop aroma. It is quite floral to the nose as well as warm smelling. The taste is good. It has a very bitter hop flavor which seems to carry the taste. The malts compliment the palate, but take a backseat to the hops. It goes down easy and finishes warm and sweet. The mouthfeel is awesome. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. It is full of rich flavor and aroma; a good drinker.

WesWes, Nov 26, 2004
Photo of Spiekerbox
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep amber with a thick tan head that lingers.

S- Mostly hops but there is a lot of malt in it as well. Floral hop smell and a sweet malt smell.

T- Big malt start to it that gives way to the hop profile. Sweet almost toffee malt flavor and floral/herbal hops. Lot of bitterness on the finish with a sweet malt balance along side it.

M- Big beer with moderate cabonation. Not very boozy but there is a nice warming to it that comes out after about half of it is gone.

D- Good beer but a bomber of this is enough for a night and wont be a quick drink. This is definately a huge beer that lives up to the hype it makes on the bottle

Spiekerbox, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of ChazMania
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Holy Schnikes! Wow, I have been drinking alot of beer lately. One of these bombers is kickin me hard. Very full over the top flavor. NOT for the faint hearted lite beer sipper. Thick, chewy, lots of alcohol. Mama call me a cab! Oh wait, I’m at home...This beer will kick you in the keister.

ChazMania, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of jkdrummer
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! Pours wonderful creamy head that quickly disappears into a ring of lace. Color is red and a deep one at that. Initial taste is SWEET and carmelly -- malts dominate. Some bitterness but the story here is the sharp tang of extra malt. Some alcohol burn but well worth it. Highly recommended if you can find it . . .


jkdrummer, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of jzeilinger
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big 22 oz bomber. Was a hazy, opaque, burgundy brown/rasin like color. Medium amount of carbonation, light creamy head.

Had a slight barley-like aroma. Brown sugar, burnt caramel, toffee, raisins. Taste has a strong hop profile throughout the sip, toffee up front, medium malt backbone, and brown sugar. Finishes semi-dry, alcohol character finish that lingers for several minutes. Translates to strong hop flavoring, sweet, smooth, almost bourbon-like (in a very mild sense).

Has a medium body, quite smooth, and a mild boose warming effect. Drinkability is excellent. The way it's brewed hides the ABV (to some degree). Is very flavorful & strong. Potentially would get better with age?

jzeilinger, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of berpwillie
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a copper brown color that was very cloudy with spare off white head and spare lacing. had a bit of a burnt flavor, with hints of carmel malts. light perfume hop like taste and maybe some oak flavor as well. full body with a lively to average texture. sour bitter finish. this beer is certainly not for the weak so proceed with caution. will most certainly drink again very good. not sure if it quite lived up to the hype. very delicious none the less.

berpwillie, Apr 26, 2010
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,640 ratings.