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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,693 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,693
Reviews: 1,978
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 365
Gots: 763 | 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 prosk8er480
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into glass. Head is small and disappeared very quickly. Strongly smells of malt and hops. You can feel the carbonation over the tounge and the hops basically punch you in the mouth, its phenominal. This beer is definetaly fresh, I have 5 bottles being aged as we speak.

prosk8er480, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of jhtipton
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a bomber (22 oz) at Union Jack Pub and Restaurant in historic downtown Winchester. Thank goodness our founding fathers didn't have this or we'd never have chased those pesky Redcoats away. Back to the matters at hand, though. I did, however opt out on the 100 oz bottle that our waiter offered with much despair, and settled for the bomber and a pint glass. Had I know beforehand my brother-in-law was buying, however, I may have delved into that 2 foot tall bottle. Anyway, the beer delivered the hoppiness that I was accustomed to from a Stone Ale and had some faint fruit hints with little attention drawn to the alcohol. Poured a nice brown with a reasonable finger and one half of head. It tasted a tad heavy but not so much as to make it akin to a stout. A very drinkable beer but had I ordered one more bomber I would have surely tripped on the cobblestone and felt drinkers remorse in the morn. I would have to say it was much lighter than the shepherd's pie that accompanied it.

jhtipton, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of jdubjacket
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped open a 22 oz bottle of this the other day. Did not see a best by date. Pours a copper/amber color with a small head. Roasted malts and caramel come out of the nose. Taste is all over the place - starts of sticky and malty and finished with a hop sucker punch. Full bodied and well-carbonated. Overall, a great beer.

jdubjacket, May 24, 2009
Photo of rootbeerman
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 Bomber poured into Sam Adams boston lager glass

A: Pours light-dark brown, thin head, lighter than ABA
S: sweet and malty. hops. smells again like similar to other stone brews
T: Bitter, malty sweet very complex, alcohol is noticeable. good hop after taste
M: syrupy and coating.
D: drinkable, yes, more than one no not in the same day

rootbeerman, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of Homerbag
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Batch.

Dark, rusty copper with a thick layer of froth that retained even as this warmed up.

Big aroma of malt and tropical fruits, alcohol is prevalent and so is a hint of dark fruits like plums. No suprise that hops are in the mix being this beer is from the West Coast.

Taste is a wonderful mix of bitter qualities like chocolate, resiny hops, and dark fruit blended with a compliment of tropical fruits, caramel, and sweet malt. Everything compliments, not competes with each other. Alcohol is there, but is very smooth, no burn. Feel is thick and sticky, great flavor retention.

A powerful and fun Ale. This is beer best drank at home, because it is good enough to want more. But more than what you get will make you foolish. Excellent taste and worth aging to mellow out the alcohol.

Homerbag, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of Mancer
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a red amber color with a two finger high, off-white head. The head dissipated fairly rapidly, and not much lacing was left on the glass. The initial smell of the beer was that of pine, spices, citrus and some dark fruity notes. The initial taste of the beer is pine, spice and dark fruits. This progressed to some burnt malts, possibly caramel. Additionally, there is a taste of the alcohol, which is more apparent after the first several sips. The beer has a full body with light carbonation.

Overall, this is a great beer. However, I'm not sure if I enjoy it more than regular Arrogant Bastard. There is more booze flavoring on the tongue than I would prefer, but I can't complain about the other flavors I'm tasting. I'd probably buy this again if given the opportunity.

Mancer, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Double Bastard 2005

05/24/06- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, 2005 version. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep copper in color. Brandy-like in color. Pours with a ¾ inch white head. Decent amount remains until the finish. Light streaks and flashes of lacing.

Smell- Mixture of english and american. Heavy pine and fruity hops. On the other hand, lots of booze soaked caramel and butterscotch fruitcake. Nice combo. Even the scent gets you buzzed.

Taste- As expected..a full onslaught of hard hitting hops. Woodsy and piney, fruity and bitter, perfumey and floral. The full spectrum here. Very nice rich caramel malt holds this together the best it can. With the amount of IBU's in this beer, you really can't expect to have a truly balanced beer. But, considering, it's about as balanced as can get. The bitterness last long and into the night.

Mouthfeel- After warming up it gets considerably thicker and viscous. Bitterness I'm sure I will be tasting in the morning. Carbonation is mid range...less as it warms.

Drinkability- My first Double Bastard! Good stuff. I enjoyed it warm and right out of the fridge. Mmmm, hops!

***2004 Release

Presentation- 22oz bottle, 2004 release. Poured into my Double Bastard tumbler or some other bastardized glass type. Looks like something you would serve a white russian in.

Appearance- Reminds me a lot of the Old Gaurdian I had last night. Light brown and the dark orange side. Almost liquor like (brandy?) About a 1/2 inch head which evaporates soon after. Leaves very mild lace marks.

Smell- A bit more on the malty side with a nice caramel and bubble gum nose. Hops are present, but a bit subdued. Stone...subdued?!?! Yeah, it's been 3 years plus. Mild grapefruit scent from the lupulin.

Taste- Fairly well balanced. Heavy and sweet caramel malted taste with a muted hop assortment. Some grapefruit, a bit of pine and a dash or assorted citrus flavors. Even a hint of black cherry at one point.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, slick and medium carbonation.

Drinkability- Liked it better aged I think. A bit buzzed right now after this and another 12oz 10% plus beer, but overall it was failry well balanced, flavorful and finished well. Boosting the rating a bit, I think...

***2006 Release

Two years in the cellar has been good to this beer. A full onslaught of both pine and grapefruit hops as well as a nice roasted caramel malt presence. All together very well rounded. Has a noticable alcohol flavor though. At first sip it seems much higher in abv than 10%. It does calm down though and becomes quite a nice beer as it warms. Drink now or hold for another year.

***2007 Release

This one has had about 4 months in the cellar. Actually, I just bought it...a bit late this year on getting my annual releases. Anyway, this one seems much more balanced right off the mark. Don't get me wrong...this is Stone and hops are king...make that hardcore hops. But the caramel malt comes out much more than in past fresh bottles. Still could use a full year in the cellar (or more), but fairly drinkable right now.

***2008 Release

Freshly consumed about two weeks after the release date. Furious burning hops and a hefty alcohol presence. Burns going down until the last third of the bottle after it calms down. Not really a hugh bitter aftertaste though, which is odd. Almost has a cherry cough syrup-like taste. Needs at LEAST a year in the cellar for me. Still good 'ol Stone though.

GClarkage, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of SteveO1231
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I grabbed a couple bombers of the highly anticipated, highly saught after Double Bastard 2005 at MCAS Miramar for $3.99 no tax or deposit.

Poured a dark reddish brown with a thick froathy tan head. Great fizzy bubbly lacing.

Smells great. malty sweetness. Fruity like raisin and wine.

Nice on the palate, very thick malt taste, very sweet followed by a huge bitter finish that stick to the tongue like a dry red wine. Does DB fall under the barley wine category? I can feel the ABV almost instantly. Very good but not a session beer.

In my opinion BD is better served at a warmer temp the bitterness fades a little and the flavors come out more. (Maybe it's just the ABV hitting me!) This one is very big in flavor and ABV making it a sipper.


SteveO1231, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of ONUMello
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 edition. 22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pours an opaque redish-brown color with a 1/2 finger lingering head
S: Chocolate, malt, cherries, and a bit of hops/alcohol.
T: A seamless integration of chocolate, coffee, cherry (fruit esters), malt, a pine kick from the hops, and some alcohol. Long finish. Very, very complex.
M: Full-bodied, incredibly rich & smooth. Just a hint of heat towards the end is the only detractor.
O: A wonderful beer. I had this on tap in 2010 and loved it, bought a bottle or two and aged this one until now. I think I liked it fresh best, though it has aged well. Definitely a world-class brew from Stone.

ONUMello, May 07, 2012
Photo of Drinkerofales
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours straight copper, clear, with some gold in the light. A huge khaki head leaves plenty of lace, and hangs on until the finish.

Smell is toasty, caramel, lightly sweet with piney undertones.

Taste is pungent toasted caramel malt. A light boozy astringency that finished off with a bitter piney aftertaste.

Feels incredibly smooth for such a big beer. The medium body is almost viscous and is dangerously drinkable.

A classic for sure, almost a barleywine. Huge, big, and bold, a signature Arrogant Bastard.


Drinkerofales, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of abcsofbeer
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whew! I am not sure that I am worthy. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Appears to be an ice tea color that is both clear and opaque. It is topped by a very creamy tan head about a finger tall that drops to a thin crown and leaves pretty decent lacing.

Once poured the aroma comes at you from across the room, powerfully. The aroma is sweet fruits and strong alcohol. The taste is heavy, sweet malts and medium to high hop flavors, topped off by a pretty strong alcohol flavor. In my opinion, there is some strong leafy, hop bitterness that is both tart and sweet.

The mouthfeel is not easy on the palate, but attacks it with ample carbonation and strong hop bitterness. This one is all that you would expect from the name and label.

abcsofbeer, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of SkipWeathers
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is really more like a barleywine. Not that I'm complaining - I love barleywine. Actually it's like someone took the burnt coating off a creme brulee and made an ale out of it. Very sweet finish, creamy. Bitter. This all mixed with the big hop presence makes it a delight. Dark red color with sizable head. Very enjoyable.

SkipWeathers, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of FickleBeast
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a Harpoon Winter Warmer snifter

A - Pours cloudy, ruby red color, with two fingers of head. Foam coats and sticks to the side of the glass.

S - candied sweetness, alcohol. Holding a sip in your mouth, you can feel the alcoholic vapors exit your sinuses.

T - Yowza! This one smacks you right in the face. Caramel sweetness at first and then Bam! the hops hit the back of your tounge and assault your taste buds.

M - this is sticky, coating you mouth. C02 bubbles are large and foams in your mouth

D - Hop explosion and high alcohol makes this one to be enjoyed slowly. But it certainly is good.

FickleBeast, May 24, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received from d0ggnate in a trade- Thanks! Pours surprsingly red and cloudy. It's a dark reddish orange, quite hazy, and almost syrupy in pour consistency out of the bottle. There is little head, but what is there settles to a ring. Big, spicy malty aromas up front followed by some nice orangey citrus and piney hops. This beer has a quite interesting malty flavor profile up front- almost as if there were toasted rice and barley in it. This is followed by a fruity sweetness that is furthr followed by a long bitter citrus flavor and a nice oily, piney hop finish. Mouthfeel is pure and clean but big and with a touch of sweetness. This isn't sticky or cloying at all and is quite balanced by the toasted flavors and the hops. Surprisingly drinkable. Not as harsh and more integrated than many Stone brews. I'm not always a fan of all of their brews, but this one deserves its accolades. Huge, interesting, nicely hoppy, balanced, and generally well done

Georgiabeer, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of paco1029384756
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 release sampled.

Pour is burgundy, very little head and a thin ring of lacing.

Scent is strong and deep with alcohol, caramel and some piny hops.

Taste is damn strong, dominating caramel malts and piny hops tear through the mouth with a nice warming alcohol and almost no carbonation. Excellent balance for the strength, a powerful flavor that is not overpowering. Lasting bitterness keeps this bastard kicking for a while.

Mouthfeel is fairly heavy and a bit sharp, but goes down smoothly. Very drinkable for its strength.

paco1029384756, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of match1112
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a deep dark amber with copper highlights. a four finger tan head sits atop and leaves big thick sticky clumpy lacing behind. smell to me is mostly sugar, brown and burnt candied sugar. some hops on the nose as well with alot of malts. taste is super sweet at first with all the sugar and a well balanced malt profile carries you thru till the hops grab hold and remind you this is a stone beer. beer feels full and slighty sticky yet oily at the same time. overall this is an awesme beer, it's like drinking two beers at once. first one is almost too sweet and the second one is very hop forward. best of both worlds i guess!

match1112, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of JoeMayo
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this out of a bomber a couple times, but last night I cracked a three-liter with some friends and it had some subtle differences that made it much more enjoyable. It was also more drinkable overall out of the 3L.

A- Pours a dark copper/amber color with a toasted almond head. The head slowly falls down to a thin cap, but remains for most of the beer.

S- Tons of hops with a solid malt backbone. The hop profile is quite blalanced with citrusy notes of grapefruit and pine and a hint of pineapple. The malt flavor is surprisingly dark when taking the hop profile into account. There's a slight raisin-like sweetness along with notes of caramel.

T- Ver similar to the nose of the beer. Well-balanced with tons of hops and lots of malt as well. The alcohol makes its presence known without being "hot". A sweet alcholic presence resembling sherry and plum wine is noted.

M- Very crisp and dry.

D- For a beer that is so intensely bitter, stone did an excellent job of balancing it. I had about two and a half pints (splitting the 3L three ways) and wished I had another bottle when we finished.

JoeMayo, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Stone pint glass that I was fortunate enough to get for $2.00 with the purchase of the brew. The brew pours a brownish amber color with an ample amount of foamy off white head that lingers nicely for a bit on the top of the brew. Double bastard leaves a significant amount of lacing on the glass. The beer has a great scent of hops with a slight grapefruit note and a nice underlying medium malt note that helps to counter the hop intensity a bit. Double Bastards taste nearly precisely matches the scent but there is a slight alcohol sting that kicks it way through just to remind you that it is a strong ale. Overall, the brew drinks as smoothly as something that offensive and intense possibly could and only furthers my assertion that Stone is making some of the best beers on the planet. If you have never had a brew by Stone you have never had a beer.

BigPlay1824, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of freed
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer bears a somewhat intimidating label that is suggesting I shouldn't buy the beer, let alone drink it. I can make my own decisions.

The beer is almost a ruby color under the incandescent lights. Very clear for a big beer. There is almost no head, and the little that congealed disappeared after a couple sips. There was no lacing.

The aroma is perplexing. There is a massive spicy malt aroma mixed with a massive spicy hop aroma. Complimenting the aroma is a slightly orange peel and alcoholic sensation. Still pleasant though.

The taste is quite robust. Bountiful even. Strong malts that provide a mix of sweet, almost syrupy drink. A mix of hops and malt provide a nice spice compliment to the syrupy flavor. There is also an alcoholic sharpness that compliments quite well.

Drinks well, and the 22oz isn't too much. That's kind of surprising considering its strength. Maybe the challenge on the label works.

freed, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of Roman5150
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

bottle purchased from Stones River Total Beverages in Murfreesboro, TN.

appearance: hazy dark brown, copper with a large off white/tan head. Lot's of intricate lacing.

smell: earthy hops, malts, alcohol, subtle citrus

taste: bitter hop bite, with a prominent malt backbone. Alcohol does not try to hide in this beer, it is very warming and has a punch to it, but a very pleasant smooth one at that. The end is a warm bitter hoppiness. For an 11%, this is very easy to drink, for me that is.

mouthfeel: slight carbonation

overall: A monster of a beer, this one hits hard. Very strong for a beer, but smooth for an 11% abv. Very balanced, like you would expect from Stone, great full flavor, and you will get a buzz off this one. A lot stronger than the Arrogant Bastard.

Roman5150, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reminded me somewhat of the Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. Has the big-time malt and body, but also shows plenty of hoppiness in the taste and aroma. Almost a little "green". Initially, I smelled (and tasted) grapefruit. Dark appearance, with foamy head and good retention. Overall, a wonderful mix of "old ale" maltiness, and double IPA hoppiness. I thoroughly enjoyed this, it's good for what ails you! The alcohol is only noticed in the after-effect, not in the taste.

JohnnyDuvel, Nov 27, 2003
Photo of RedChrome
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A murky tea brown colored beer. A slow developing half inch head shrank wuickly to a sheen on top of the beer. Less then average amount of tiny carbonation barely visible. Clumps of lacing.

A very pleasant sweet plum aroma was the first to hit the nose. Bitter hops aroma is elusive as it comes and goes. A definite alcohol presence marks this as a stronger beer.

Sweet taste combines a handful of flavors, which paly to each other instead of overpowering them. Combination of pine, chocolate, caramel, and plum. Alcohol taste helps the flavors play against the strength.

A nice slightly thicker then most beer. Decent carbonation burst on the tongue helps flavors shift.

An excellent offering. This one would be perfect to enjoy with pepper jack cheese. Another spectacular brew from an awesome brewery. Defintly try it if oyu get the chance.

RedChrome, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of winomark
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2002 Release that had been staring at me for about 6 months.

Appearance: Pours an ominous copper/deep caramel with a nice head, considering the 10% ABV.

Aroma: Copious amounts of hops give an amazing balance with the wuite noticable alcohol sweetness.

Taste: Suberb balance of the hops, malt, and alcohol. Arrogant Bastard on steroids, yet dare I say, more balanced? Fantastic!

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: WOW! A Fabulous beer! Luxurious, brash, elegant, and definately arrogant. Too bad this is a limited release, because I could see myself enjoying this one quite often.

winomark, Nov 10, 2003
Photo of Overlord
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double bastard packs a heck of a wallop.

Pours a deep reddish amber with a smaller than expected off white head. Smells like a gigantic load of citrus hops.

Tastes ... like a gigantic load of citrus hops. Mammoth pine, grapefruit, and a thick load of bitter fluid greets your taste buds. Not a beer to be enjoyed for every occasion, but definitely excellent. Surprisingly thick feeling for a beer of this type.

Overlord, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of kmpitz2
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the 2003 release. This pours a deep, dark tea color with two fingers of head that fall to a pillowy covering over the beer. What is that I am smelling in this beer. The hop is definately piney and woodsy, but the malt is not something I can place easily. Its sweet, but I don't know like what. It sure smells good. The first flavor is get is an in my face malt sweetness. The flavor is strong start to finish. The hops are piney and spicey and stick with me long after swallowing this beer. Its very good, but not perfect. I'll see how my other bottle does after another year or so. The mouthfeel is nice an thick. I'm not sure what to say about the drinkability. The more I drink of this beer, the easier it is for me to go after it, but it is a lot of a big ass beer. Definately worth a try and I will keep seeing what each release brings me.

kmpitz2, Sep 17, 2004
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,693 ratings.