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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,645 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,645
Reviews: 1,978
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 359
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 Yaz8
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 pint glass. Two-finger head that stayed strong and left nice sticky lacing.

Caramel and citrus were strongest on the nose, which also held a background of dark fruits and malts.

Wonderfully balanced caramel malt sweetness and slightly citrusy hops bitterness on the palate. Complexity seemed to increase as the beer warmed, and additional flavors of spices, ripe fruit, and carmelized sugars come through.

Medium to full mouthfeel, good carbonation, and a pleasant aftertaste. Alcohol is warming, not overpowering. Excellent beer.

Yaz8, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color with 1/2 inch of creamy tan head, good retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus like oranges, pineapple, grapefruit, as well as spices, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and bread. Taste begins with a little spurt of grapefruit and pineapple before a nice sweetness of caramel, molasses, and brown sugar come into play. Finishes with a nice bittering pine and alcohol warmth. Full in body and low in carbonation, strong and sweet with a good balance and bittering characteristics. As the beer warms, more alcohol presence comes out in a variety of assaults on the taste buds including rum, brandy, and scotch. Good stuff, but it's very intense, to be handled with care.

HopDerek, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of jjayjaye
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ruby amber color with better than a full finger stiff yellowish head that fades slowly. Some lacing and visible effervescence observed.

The smell is really sweet cherry, vanilla cadbury creme egg

Thee mouth feel is on the heavier side of medium bodied, It's creaminess seem to give it extra presence. There is a tingle from the hops and carbonation and it finishes with the warmth of higher alcohol content.

The taste is very sweet and creamy also. Malty with a cherry tone with a lingering syrupy sweetness on the tongue.

Very drinkable, although i'm one who feels the alcohol more on the way down than on the palate. This one is letting the burn loose in the chest.
Scoring Imagination Points with me.

jjayjaye, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of BeerLover99
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 2011 Bottle reads 10.5% ABV

A: deep brown/orange crimson shimmer body, trace
white head, patchy lacing

S: raisin/fig, faint apples, spices, barley, malt

T: sweet barley, spices, malt, sticky/oily long bitter finish

M: med/heavy body, oily/sticky mouth
like Spiderman webbing coating your palate!

O: Oh, Stone, how I love you! Not ONLY
do you make delicious beer, but you
delivered an yummy Strong Ale. One of my
favorite styles from one of my favorite breweries.
Need to run out and grab another bottle and
save it for an artic evening by the fire. This is
like a Barleywine's fellow superhero, potent
amazing, complex, and makes the world
a better place.

RUN, DON'T WALK AND GET THIS BEER!

BeerLover99, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of MeisterBurger
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly turbid chocolate raspberry brown topped by a creamy, beige head that dies down a little but retains nicely.

The aroma is nice and creamy, loads of caramel and citrus hops. Like caramel covered grapefruit.

This is a full on flavor assault as caramel meets piney bitterness in a battle to the death. Only it ends in a tie and they both get to live. Because man is this ever balanced. It's too bitter and too malty at the same time. In the best possible way. Bitterness is slow to fade in the finish. There's a slight milk chocolate aspect at play as well.

Full bodied, slick and pervasive, it's like a bitter hoppy oil slick in your mouth, without being too heavy handed. Very smooth and easy drinking despite the heaviness.

My palate may be a little challenged as this reminds me a lot of Arrogant Bastard almost to the point of being interchangeable with it. And no bad thing, seeing as I have that an A-. Although this one made me really thirsty I think It's just that little bit heavier and...well...better. But I'd be just as happy with either, just so we're clear.

MeisterBurger, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got a chance to try this one, bought a bomber for $6.99. Pours a cloudy orange red, great hop aroma to it. Taste is medium to full bodied, an absolute hop bomb with some definite alcohol taste on the back end, but man is it tasty and delightful. Complex with a great mouthfeel, it goes down surprisingly well. Packs quite a punch and you'll be slurring your words a bit as you finish the last drop, but it's a damn good beer and a great night capper.

oriolesfan4, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of yemenmocha
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy brown with contrasting white head that doesn't retain too long.

Nose has brown sugar, miscellaneous candy, black tea, and dry brown paper bag smells.

On the palate is a strong malt presence that is syrupy and reminds me of caramel or other similar chewy candies, but the hops and alcohol kick in to balance it out. Overall it is a big, chewy, savory beer that is surprisingly easy to drink.

yemenmocha, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of timtim
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark maroony amberish on the top and lighter on the bottom. multi-hued for sure. pretty cool looking. cream colored head that had decent retention and good lace. smell wasn't as strong as expected, but still sweeet. just like the taste, the smell was well balanced tropical fruity, grapefruity, mildly piney, roasty, smokey malty. some sweetness too. really came through when quaffed. great body and carbs. almost full body. could drink this all night, and the alcohol is well hidden if you ask me. heard tons of hype about this beer. didn't quite live up to it, but this is another solid solid offering from one of the top dogs. i'll have another please!

timtim, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of trevorjn06
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper/red color with a large, tight head that recedes slowly. leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma toasty malts, caramel, some woody notes, slight herbal and mint characters and light fruit.

Taste is full bodied and rich but still maintains balance (at least to me, but I love big beers). There is toasty and bready malts, some fruitiness coming through as some plums and dark cherries (these are faint), some fairly dark caramels and lots of hops bitterness and flavor. The finish leaves some caramel and lingering hop flavors with a nice hop bitterness balancing everything out. The hop flavors are very unique in this beer, not much of the typical West Coast citrus and fruit going on, it's more of a woody, minty aroma and flavor which reminds me of a California Common beer. In fact overall this beer makes me think of an imperial California Common ale (see Anchor Steam Beer).

Mouthfeel is full bodied with above average carbonation, it coats the entire mouth with flavors.

Overall this beer is quite delicious, I very much enjoyed drinking it. It is balanced, strong, not cloying and has some unique flavors that keep things interesting.

trevorjn06, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of Deadheadbill
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

Pours a burnt-umber color with the head being a lighter version of the same. Respectable head which dissipates fairly quickly but leaves decent lacing.

Smells of butterscotch, butter and raisins.

Very decadent in the mouth, full-bodied with boozy caramel, dark fruits and vanilla backed up by a nice bracing bitterness. Finish is long and dry.

Overall a very nice beer to be enjoyed almost like a cognac, sit back, sip and enjoy.

Deadheadbill, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of PlaywrightSam
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber (2007 release) purchased at Wine Gallery in Brookline, MA. A: Pours a nice amber/red, some an head that retains to a caked on layer, good amount of lacing. S: Lots of caramel malts, alcohol is present but not overwhelming. The hops have a pretty strong presence, it almost smells like a DIPA. T: Really nice malt profile, the hops are very present but nothing like the smell would indicate. Alcohol is actually pretty well hidden. Wonderfully dry finish. D: I love the Arrogant Bastard ale, I've had it on plenty of occasions so I was very eager to try this beer. For something with so much alcohol, it's incredibly smooth and drinkable. I'll definitely be picking this up again.

PlaywrightSam, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of coalcracker
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a 22oz bomber.

Appearance: Pours a thickish, opaque brown with just a little carbonation.
Smell: Aroma fruity (pineapple/melon) with a solid sweet and malty backbone- yet the hops linger just beyond
Taste: Aggressive assault of malty sweetness with a thick layer of hops hanging on for dear life. Malts are deep with notes of cocoa, light coffee, caramel with piney hops lingering straight through to the end of the tasting. Alcohol warmth is a bit more of a burn. Extremely complex and strong beer. These qualities intensify as the beer warms.
Mouthfeel: Thick and brutally warm and smooth.
Overall: Try this as a study in complexity if not for the sheer outrageous taste profile. Recommended!

coalcracker, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent red-amber-mahogany hue.
A sculptured head welled up and then slowly receded leaving a thin layer of froth with a smidgen of lacing.

A slight nose of hops and spring time air. I wish it had more of a bouquet.

Flavor is STRONG ALE! wonderful hit of bitter hops combined with the sweetness of a malt providing a substantial flavor body to the mouthfeel. The alcohol content isn't particularly evident on it's own.

Finish goes on forever with the reverberant bitter hops flavor note lingering on and on and on ..

Mouthfeel is that of almost a thick fluid-- the strong flavor and aggressive stance make this beer something you'll want to keep sampling.

Drinkability- even though I think the ABV is higher than I'd prefer, the strong ale is such that I quaffed the pint-plus.. although the ill effects of the ABV will surely take its toll.

This is a beer that I would not consume on a casual basis. It is also not a summer's day thirst quencher. This is a beer you face with the intent of experiencing the flavor panorama-- you must enter a "dialog" with this beer, in order to reap full satisfaction from this beer you must enjoy it while sober!

gueuzeonhigh, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of NCBeernut
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't sober enough to really pick too much into this, but I still wanted to make a few notes from what I did get out of it.

Deep mahogany, with plenty of lacing. Smells of plums and hops; plenty of alcohol here that burns the nostrils a bit when you really try to dig into it. Taste is BIG. Hops everywhere. Earthy, tart apples. Spicy hot alcohol is in your face. They couldn't have picked a better name. This beer BEGS for aging. If I ever come across this again it is going straight to the cellar. LET THIS ONE WARM UP. It is a completely different beer at room temp.

NCBeernut, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of sinistermadman
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

07 release.
Pours a hazy orange-brown color with a slight head. Aroma is of caramel, citrus and fresh bread. Great multitude of flavors here. Toasty malt notes with a caramel, smoky chocolate huskiness that coats the palate. Hops are evident, but are muted in the presence of all the alcohol and malt. Full mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Ends in a viscous, yet biscuity feel that lingers. Alcohol is well integrated into flavor, although you can almost feel it hit your blood once in the ol' gutty works. A double dose of bastard does you good. I approve.

sinistermadman, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of reebtaerG
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 10oz short wide mouth glass at Lures

A-amber color with a thin creamy white head good carbonation

S-aroma is nutty, roasted grains, and some grapefruit and hops

T-taste a sweet, bitter and booze. Your hit with the hops and the caramel malt

M-well balance with hops and malt, smooth to the tongue especially for the amount of alcohol

O-a great if you want "winter warmer" for sure by Stone

reebtaerG, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of nickadams2
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A_Dark reddish brown. Slight tan head with decent lacing.

S_Strong caramel malt,citrus/piny hops,booze.

T_Caramel malt up front. Has a little spice to it. Rounded out by citric hops. Slightly fruity. Medium alcohol finish. Strong brew.

M_Full bodied slightly creamy.

D_Too drinkable for a beer this potent.

nickadams2, May 16, 2010
Photo of jmz62565
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep clear mahogony with a huge tan foamy head. A truely impressive looking beer. The smell is a mix of sweetness and hops. Citrus hops, grapefruit and tangerine,pineapple, pine, and a "bisquity" aroma make this a very aromatic beer. The taste has hop bitterness, alcohol, sweet malt, bread yeast, citrus and pineapple fruit, and a hint of carmel. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing very well. This is an outstanding beer that should not be missed. Being on the East coast I'm lucky I found a store that sells Stone. Cheers.

jmz62565, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of GilGarp
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 release, 22oz. bottle.

Pours from a great screen printed bottle into a globe glass. It has a beautiful deep red amber color with good clarity and a solid inch of head on top. The head diminishes slowly and leaves lacing all over the glass.

My nose isn't the best but I get a great aroma from this beer. Full of big lush hops. Fresh too.

Flavor is very strong in all the right ways. Huge amounts of malt balanced well by copious hops. It's just a massive beer. Like the malts of a barley wine and the hops of a double IPA came together for a great cause.

Mouthfeel is actually pretty decent considering the strength. It is full bodied, nicely carbonated, and balanced, albiet on a very heavy duty scale.

Drinkability is good for the style but one bomber is certainly enough.

I decided to have this one tonight, not knowing if it was worth getting a few more bottles before they're all gone. Well I'm more than pleasantly surprised and I'm sure laying one down for a year wouldn't hurt at all.

GilGarp, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of tdm168
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark amber, slight orangish hue in the light; tan, off white head that is dense, foamy, and soft; great retention

S - bread, citrus, floral; a perfect bouquet; smells like a fantastic DIPA

T - bread, caramel, raisins, plums, prunes, pine, mild wood, candy sugar, bitterness in the finish that hangs on the palate for a while, as the beer warms the alcohol adds warmth and body

M - full bodied, smooth, crisp but not overly carbonated, a bit warm

This is a great beer!! It could be a barleywine. It could be an extreme DIPA. No matter what you call it the flavor profile and balance are fantastic. For the ABV it's drinkable based on it's flavor. This is a dangerous, delicious delight.

tdm168, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, I think this is from kmpitz2

2004 edition

appearance: an intimidating bottle from stone...a beautiful pour into my snifter...a rich royal amber, its shines brightly, a large creamy dark beige head forms and leaves fabulous lacing....very impressive appearance

smell: very potent aromas, sweet alcohol soaked dark fruits, thick sweet malt, huge creamy caramel, still a lingering green hop bite, slght pine aroma, brown sugar...glorious

taste: amazingly smooth, alcohol does not hide in this one, alcohol soaked dark fruit, cherry, fig, brown sugar, sweet heavy malts, grapefruit/pine hop sting still evident, evidence of oak and other woodiness, very strong all around

mouthfeel: very creamy, alcohol warming sensation abundant, hop bitterness lingers

drinkability: very good, moderation is key

dirtylou, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of prototypic
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous, very cloudy reddish-brown color. Thick, two finger off white head sits on top. Excellent retention. Lacing was thick and lined the mug.

Smell: Very fruity on the nose initially. There are a few citrus scents (grapefruit was apparent). Perhaps a touch of dark fruit as well. Piney hops are noticeable though not as pronounced as the fruit aromas. A bit of brown sugar and malts blend in. Perhaps a slight bit of toasted nut as well.

Taste: Wow. Brown sugar and citrus flavors provide an inital sweet taste. Hops are piney and bitter. Malts give it a little balance, but it's nice and bitter. Very well blended in my opinion. There is a nice vanilla taste that I was not picking up on the nose. Nice, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied. Carbonation is excellent. At 10%, it's strong, but perfect for this beer. Extremely smooth for a big beer. I could probably drink this all night if I wouldn't pass out. Very aggressive and big in character. Another Stone classic.

prototypic, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of MaineBirdMan
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice red color, cloudy. Fruity nose. Taste of fruit mixed with a little caramel. Big long finish a little too much alcohol present but not overwhelming. Very clean feel in my mouth. The alcohol warmed my belly and numbed my senses. I enjoyed this ale but one was all I needed.

MaineBirdMan, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of rwf08
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in 09 and didn't review it so I better do it this year right?

A: Dark rich mahogany brown with a reddish white head. Good sticky lacing in my glass. Beautiful looking beer.

S: I just don't know. I smells hops, alcohol, sweet syrup, and wood? It smells good, I just can't place it.

T: Candy. Sweet delicious beer and hop candy. To elaborate on that; I taste brown sugar, piney hops, and some slight alcohol. I have been out of my game as of late so just go with it.

M: Medium body, silky and smooth with good carbonation.

D: I'm feeling it but this isn't my first tonight. A good slow sipper on a cold Christmas night by the fire. I love it!

rwf08, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of Lnedrive14
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 Release. I actually think letting this bad boy sit for about a year is the way to go. But then again, what the hell do I know?

Let me reiterate - my string of damn good beers is continuing.

A: Pours a deep brown with a hint of ruby in there. No head initially, but it really comes in there after a few seconds. Very pretty.

S: Thick, juicy hops. Little bit of citric acidity and sweetness.

T: yeah yeah. lots of hops. But damn good hops! A really balanced beer.

M: Thin, but present. No aftertaste. The hops dissipate quickly leaving a silky smooth residue.

D: A fairly drinkable beer - especially by Stone standards. Still, one is enough.

I liked this much better than Arrogant Bastard. I found it to be much better balanced. Still a motherfucker of a beer, but not something that I need to go "whoa" after every sip.

Lnedrive14, Dec 24, 2005
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,645 ratings.