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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of billshmeinke


4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

2009 DB. Bomber to Arrogant Bastard glass.

A: Dark amber with a finger and half cream fluffy head which subsides after a good while to a quarter inch head that maintains throughout. Good sticky lacing.

S: Chocolate and toffee. Some vague dark fruits. Chinook hops. A bit of alcohol spice.

T: Caramel, toffee, vague chocolate taste up front. That indescribable arrogant bastard funk (yeast?) mid palate. Some alcohol spice and intense bitter hops at the back end.

M: Full bodied, creamy, medium dry finish.

D: This is the third bomber of the 2009 DB's that I've had. The other two were much colder, and the alcohol was much better hidden. This one is at about 55 degrees and the alcohol is making itself known much more. However, it is an incredibly drinkable beer for the abv. I'm almost done with it by the end of this review.

Arrogant bastard is already one of my ultimates. This is probably my favorite american strong ale that I've ever tried.

11-11-2009 07:57:54 | More by billshmeinke
Photo of vonnegut21

New York

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours a dark ruby-brown with a finger of light brown tan head. Smell is caramel malt, pine and floral hops. Taste is quite sweet and malty, with nicely balanced floral, bitter hops. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and medium bodied. Very drinkable for the high ABV. Overall an excellent brew from Stone and well worth the price of admission.

05-20-2012 02:31:27 | More by vonnegut21
Photo of paulginva


4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

APPEARANCE: An intense, murky looking mahogany color with a 1.5" frothy tan head that dissipates very, very slowly with excellent lacing. The seemingly slight carbonation seems almost suspended within the heavy particulates.

AROMA: Mild burnt sugar and faint caramel aroma. A heavy citrus and pine hop with a light floral accent and light toasted malt completes the complex delight.

TASTE: A light burnt sugar and caramel taste compliments the heavy hoppy taste of floral and grapefruit, making this a somewhat bitter delight to the senses.

MOUTHFEEL: Exceptionally smooth and creamy, the modest carbonation after pouring struggles to break free from this thick bodied brew. the initial flavor is somewhat sweet and bitter. There is a heavy bitter finish that lingers for a moderate amount of time. Body lacing is excellent.

DRINKABILITY: I'm a sucker for a good strong ale and this is probably the best I've ever tasted -- a memorable beer experience that blasted my taste buds. At just under 75 cents an ounce (bar price), it's a good value given the quality of the brew. I'd definitely buy it again -- as a matter of fact, I plan to do so the next time I visit my nearby beer bar.

01-22-2011 03:24:26 | More by paulginva
Photo of henskejk


4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

2011 bottle poured into a tulip glass

A - brown with a little bit of red color. light tan head

S - smell is sweet and malty with a bit of resiny hop character

T - Big amount of sweet maltiness paired with a lot of bitterness. slight amount of booze detectable at the end.

M - heavy body, slightly thivk, with a good amount of carbonation which helps lighten the heaviness

O - very enjoyable, not something i could drink a lot of at once, but a great beer.

01-10-2012 14:19:38 | More by henskejk
Photo of Jerzdevil1116

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

22 oz bomber purchased at Circle Liquor Store in Somers Point, NJ. Drank from a pint glass.

A: Cloudy, deep amber/red body. Tall foamy tan head. Lacing left sticking to the entire legnth of the glass.

S: Full of sweet malts, caramel. Faint piney hop backing.

T: Big flavor. Sweet caramel malt beginning quickly balanced by a bitter hoppiness. Some alcohol in there as well.

M: Full bodied and smoothe.

D: A good tasting beer. Very nicely balanced. Reminiscent of some barley wines. The big flavor and high alcohol make this a nice sipper or one to split with friends.

02-25-2009 05:08:30 | More by Jerzdevil1116
Photo of nickss


4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

I don't believe I have ever seen a brew that is this light in color be completely opaque... interesting. Other than that.... orange-brown in color with rocky foamy head.... nice, gorgeous lacing throughout.

leather, bourbon, oak, and a well balanced hop-malt backbone. Intricately woven, but not quite in your face as I was hoping for.

deep and rich. Bourbon and alcohol linger in the mouth, matched with vanilla and a beautiful hop/malt balance

Big mouthfeel with subdued carbonation. Big, thick, chunky, perfect.

Very drinkable for a brew of this abv, but still, like its little brother, a bit too in your face for alot of drinking. Nonethless, quite a beautiful brew.

01-23-2006 23:31:44 | More by nickss
Photo of Biggness

New York

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

This beer pours a very dark nearly opaque amber with a 1 fingered head. The smell is of caramel, citrus, malt and alcohol. The taste is loaded with malty goodness, a big caramel flavor with a citrus end. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth there is just a slight dry feeling in my mouth after each swallow. A beast of a beer with malts, I think drinking 2 of these would be an accomplishment, but one of these is beautiful.

09-17-2008 19:58:18 | More by Biggness
Photo of tewaris


4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

Ye Shall Know the Bastard, and the Bastard Shall Set You Free
Poured into a Duvel tulip. Had with regular AB, OAB and Lukcy in this order:
AB --> OAB --> Lukcy --> DB
This review is brief but I didn't find much difference in character of this one and AB, except for the strength.

Appearance 5/5
Dark ruby and rusty, with the clarity and depth of molten lava. Big brown head, great retention and lacing.

Aroma 4/5
Pine, citrus and caramel rule. Strangely, not as strong smelling as I thought it would be.

Taste 4/5
Strongly bittersweet. Very sweet compared to other bastards but more bitter as well. Seems like an American Barleywine except that it's much more close to AB than any other beer. Caramel notes are present but it's mostly the hop flavor that dominates. Finish is quite clean given the amount of malts in this ale.

Mouthfeel 5/5
Viscous, thick, coating and overwhelming with low carbonation. Spot on.

Drinkability 5/5
Very good, given the ABV. Can't have it too fast and can't have too much, but whatever you can have will go down damn smooth.

This ale is recommended for aging and I sure as hell will if I can get another bottle.

11-30-2010 10:26:27 | More by tewaris
Photo of akahn


4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

Gorgeous deep ruby color. Lasting off-white cap of foam, and a bit of lace.

Deeply sweet, yet hoppy, tinged with alcohol, with an awesome peach-apricot note.

Rather sweet flavor, but this sweetness takes a backseat to the HUGE hop bitterness. Dry, piney, and bristly. Pith-like. Finishes with a fading alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is interesting -- creamy and smooth, like a spirit, but meanwhile hops are stabbing the palate. An interesting contrast.

For its strength and bitterness, this beer is damned drinkable. Next time I'm not sharing it.

12-12-2006 00:38:56 | More by akahn
Photo of KickInTheChalice


4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. 2010 vintage.

Appearance: Double Bastard is an impressive looking beer. A deep brown color with a cherry amber tint, this has a very full foamy white head that retains well and leaves a lot of lace. Eventually it dies down, which does not surprise me given the strength of the beer.

Smell: Lots of sugary sweetness, bown sugar, toffee, caramel. Tons of grapefruit hops in here as well.

Taste: Brown sugar and toffee smooth sweetness up front, bringing an intensity unlike I would expect to see from anything but Double Bastard. The sweetness gradually turns into an ever-rising bitterness. Grapefruit flavors dominate a huge hop bill. There is a bit of an alcohol bite from the middle of the sip on.

Mouthfeel: This truly is 'one lacerative mother of an ale.' Almost immediately, the tingle from the alcohol and hop bite causes my tongue to tingle. The alcohol leaves a slight burn in the throat and warms the stomach. The body is quite full, with carbonation that is creamy but still provides a bit of crisp character.

Overall: The only thing that really gets in the way of my pure enjoyment of this is the strong alcohol bite. A very good beer, one that I will savor and enjoy slowly.

08-06-2011 05:21:46 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of BillyBoysPie


4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

From a bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a thick dark honey color that's completely opaque. It's a very brown honey color. Thick inch and a half of dense off-white foam that dissipates. Tons of sticky lacing.

Very different from the Arrogant Bastard Ale. Good though, just different in a surprising way. Caramel malt and bitter and aromatic hops. A little bit of grapefruit and citrus zest, but strong bitter and piney hops.

Very dense beer with complex flavors. Tons of bitter hop and citrus zest against toasty caramel with a hint of chocolate. Some honey - which is great considering the color! - and a little bit of that sweet floral hop. Great beer.

Like noted previously - dense and a touch syrupy, but not out of the style. I'd like a touch more carbonation, but it's fine. It's still a refreshing beer.

Not for sessioning, but a 22oz. isn't out of the range for a big meal. It went well with lemon peppered chicken, green beans, and cauliflower. A great food beer, but works on it's own.

01-23-2010 01:00:09 | More by BillyBoysPie
Photo of jgagne


4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

A-Deep amber body with lacey light brown head. Great look

S-Sweet and spicy notes. Nice toffee, candied sugar smell with prominent spicy hopy smells.

T-This is one powerful beer. Very sweet at first taste but then a massive bight of hoppy goodness attacks your palate. Wonderful

M-Sits slightly heavy with medium carbonation.

O-I love this beer. Drinking this is an experience. One of the most powerful beers i have ever had. Watch out though i only drank one snifter and i definitely could feel it.

08-15-2011 18:28:50 | More by jgagne
Photo of taigor

New York

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured into 8oz glass.

A - Poured cloudy orange brown color with big rosy head that slowly dissipated leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Malt and hops scents, slightly floral and fruity.

T - Sweet malts and brown sugar to start with with slightly hoppy bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Very well balanced and carbonated. ABV is well masked which makes this ale very enjoyable. I highly recommend it.

11-15-2010 17:04:13 | More by taigor
Photo of brewskifan55


4.36/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured into a snifter.

A: Opaque amber with a tan half-finger head that turns to tiny bubbles. Nice lacing.

S: Malts, grainy.

T: Really comes on like a barleywine. Nice malt/hop bite. Bready malts, alcohol heat. Sweet. Chewy finish.

M: Medium to high with great carbonation.

O: Strong, bold, kickass. Terrific with a slice of swiss cheese.

05-03-2013 20:09:37 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of switzer


4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

2012 bottle bought today and drank today. I bought 6 more for my closet cellar. Damn I wish I would have added a little cellar room in my house. Closet cellaring isn't nearly as convenient or cool as a walk in room. This is the first time I have had the beer. Good stuff and I will pick up another drink it now bottle. It's a little boozey but not to the point that its not enjoyable. It smells sweet and the taste seems sweet until you get into it a bit. In reading the reviews I am looking forward to trying this in a year.

Enjoyed the lucky as well. Will definitely grab a couple more of those for now drinking.

12-29-2012 03:25:06 | More by switzer
Photo of mempath


4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

22 oz bottle.

a-deep, foggy red; nice, thick foamy lacing...again, thickish head that is beat only by Guinness stout...

s-not as impressive as the Ruination. but my nose isn't spot-on today, i sense...i do know this is hoppy (rolls eyes...).

t-more (gloriously) runinous than the Ruination (which was 'smoother' in it's volatile attack!). the hops really sing here! it truly is a double-barrel'd attack. one possible criticism...it's almost sweet...almost. i don't like sweetness in beer. but it's not. it's just ALMOST sweet...

m-excellent. hitting all points of the map (tongue, roof of mouth, olfactory) at once, there is incredible depth to this, despite it's flare for feigning some sort of blitzkrieg. you get bowled over, but you survive, smiling. again, a perfect Stone balance of neither too thick or thin. very quaffable in an almost suicidal way...

d-very. very much so. a couple of bites of Trader Joe's dark chocolate made it neither better nor worse. just different. i almost want to try this with thai food. then mexican. etc. etc...

02-27-2009 23:40:55 | More by mempath
Photo of dbossman


4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

A: Ruby hue--quite red actually--and hazy; gorgeous thick and steady head; decent lacing

S: Sweet and bready with subtle citrus hops--but really lots of toast, bready grains--no booze aroma to speak of which is surprising--also some light woody characteristics

T: Wonderful hop bitterness with loads of bready sweet malts on the back end; some boozy notes on the back as well; really the bitterness balances the sweet bready malts so well

F: Creamy and sticky--such a nice medium body

O: This is sweet, chewy, bready, boozy, balanced liquid awesomeness

07-07-2011 17:35:12 | More by dbossman
Photo of Yoonisaykul

Quebec (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

2008 release purchased aged.

A- Good size yellow brownish head. Slight reddish hue to the muddy light ice-coffee brown liquid. Big patches of lace with holes in them look like skulls.

S- Seems tamer or just like Arrogant Bastard. Some chocolate raisin, pine and grapefruit. Candied fruit and caramel. Like a chocolate covered maraschino cherry.

T- Oh,okay. I get the Double now. I would've liked more but this is pretty rough. These are some tough hops. Very intense making it hard for me to concentrate and pick out all the flavors. Here is what I managed to get: Great but strong alcohol taste no matter the temperature. Pine and grapefruit rind. Lots of malt, that counters more than it balances. Is this a hop bomb or a malt bomb? Both but, I think, in the end, the hop aroma and bitterness are what you remember.

M- Medium to high carbonation. Full bodied. Sticky. You can feel the tingly numbness on your lips from the hop oils, minutes after your last sip.

D- A real treat. A DIPA blast combined with RIS fullness and satisfaction. For how rough this is, drinkablity is amazing. I want more.

A super beer. Super satisfying. Obviously some people won't like this because of how busy it is but I recommend it to all. Even if you don't like it, it'll be quite the experience... just don't pour it down the drain... pass it on to a friend instead.

08-21-2010 23:39:02 | More by Yoonisaykul
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

Had at the Stone Tap Takeover in Charlotte. 2006 Vintage. Served from tap into a tumbler. Poured a deep red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and a slight hop character. The flavor was of sweet malt and a subtle bitter hop note. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carboation. Overall this brew really seemed to mellow out with the aging. Everything was nice and smooth. I really enjoyed this one quite a bit and it has motivated me to age some the next time I can find it in stores.

10-12-2010 15:14:40 | More by thagr81us
Photo of mkotsayfan


4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

2009 vintage poured from a 22oz bomber into a duvel tulip. Pours a very dark amber/brown color with a finger of head. The aroma has lots of hops and malt character, along with a biscuity smell. The taste has some of that hop bitterness, but a nice balance with the malts. There's also a toffee/dark boozy fruits and bourbon quality to it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation, especially for a beer that is 2 years old. Also of note is the smoothness and relative obscuring of the ABV content, which is high at 10.5%. I assume that some of the mellowing is because it is a vintage.

This is a great beer, and all I hoped it would be as a fan of Arrogant Bastard. This was my first Double Bastard and it was cool that my first try was a vintage.

10-18-2011 04:42:54 | More by mkotsayfan
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

A: Poured similar to its little brother, a dark crimson red which was topped off by a flat sandy beige colored head which quickly fell. A moderately fair lacing was left afterwards. Perhaps most intriquing was its dark brooding nature.

S: The nose was pungent and evident from the first pour with the Chinook hops providing dried grapefruit scents mixed with pine. A nice malty aroma filled with light roasted character blends nicely with the dried citrusy nature.

T: The flavor was malty, with dried pine and grapefruit hopping. A sugary malting lies underneath the rich, and dried hoppy character. Boozy with some warm alcohol and cask notes with a dry flowery lacing coats the tongue after the swallow. Really smooth overall with some light dried fruitiness of raisins as well some bitter chocolate hints.

M: warm and luscious, with an oily viscosity medium full in nature and a light to moderate carbonation showing

D: Drinkability was good I thought, much smoother and refined then the original bastard. A dark ale that was rich, malty and arrogant, yet somehow very smooth and easy to put down despite its abv.

01-05-2009 23:44:13 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of oxmasterscream

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

2004 bottle courtesy of mrpicklerelish, big up.

App: Very clear, cherry brown with a viscous, light tan head. Nice.

Smell: Equally malty and hoppy. Some citrus and roasty, caramel malt. Even sweet pastries and raisin bread at times.

Taste: Whoa. The huge flavors one would expect from Stone. Brown sugar and candy sweet but searingly spicy as well. Fruity at times... cherries perhaps? Finish is wickedly bitter like other Stone brews. Grapefruity bitterness simply tears through your mouth and right into your throat. Leaves the mouth slightly dry but wanting another sweet sip. Extremely balanced. Well done. This stuff would rock with some age on it.

Mouthfeel: A real whopper. Big and chewy, full bodied and nicely smooth. A welcome warming from the high ABV and spicy hops.

Drinkability: It's deliciously balanced and you'd never guess the ABV was so high. I drank the 22oz pretty quickly. Tasty.

11-19-2004 03:42:06 | More by oxmasterscream
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%


Deep opaque blood red with a thin yet persistant tan head. Hefty barleywine-esque aroma of complex malts along with a pleasant fruitness. Pine needles and alcohol with a spicy cinnamon like sting in the nostrils. Taste is equally complex...again similar to a barleywine but with a different, more pronounced hop profile. Spicy, fruity hops with an agreeable alcohol presence. Big mouthfeel with noticable carbonation and a sharp lingering bitterness. Very warming.

This is one powerful beverage. It seems to get better as you drink it...more hops and more complexity. Spicy, hoppy, thick...did I mention complex? Definately a sipping brew. Pretty much as Stone describes it, "excessive excessiveness." I'd like to cellar some of these...if I had a cellar.

01-01-2006 01:46:06 | More by wedge
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

Stone Double Bastard Ale has a thick, creamy, tan head, some streaming bubbles, lots of lacing left on the glass, and a hazy, amber appearance. There are lots of fairly large chunks visible in the bottle. The aroma is of strong, medium roasted malts and oily, piney hops. Taste is of sweet malt and bitter, piney hops. There is a brown bread aspect to it, coming from the barley malt. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Stone Double Bastard Ale finishes semi-dry, strong, yet not alcohilic, and pretty-well drinkable. Overall, this is a sweet, bold, and delicious beer.


12-30-2012 18:39:30 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of wescj


4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance is similar to a barlywine; deep ruby color, good clarity, and a rocky, tan head.

The aroma has a subtle complexity, with notes of orange and warm sugar. The aroma of barley is so strong that it reminds me of visits to the local brewery. Very warm.

Taste is smoother than I expected, given the name. Very malty, but the hops balance it out pretty well. Rests heavy on the palate, with a tangy aftertaste and a touch of brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is chewy. Drinkable for the gravity, though.

03-03-2010 02:41:02 | More by wescj
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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