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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,377 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,377
Reviews: 1,970
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 315
Gots: 663 | FT: 24
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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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Rich, 2-finger head. Dark caramel color - looks dangerous. Translucent, not quite opaque. Light lacing on the head.

Velvety malt and balanced hops and alcohol aroma. Slightly floral hop backbone. Caramel and vanilla emerge - maybe even a little praline?

This has it all in over-abundance - malt, ops, alchohol. I say it's well-balanced only because the brute force of each of the boulder of malt, sledgehammer of alchohol and anvil of hops are pretty much equal.

The hops and their tang and bitterness tingle while the bountiful malt and alcohol coat the mouth. This stuff is positively amazing.

Drinkability? More than you probably should! Let's put it this way...about 7-8 years ago we watched a Martha Stewart show on the Food Network where she's making her signature egg nog for New Year's. The recipe looked awesome and at the end of the show she pours a mugful and with this pseudo-Satanic grin she stares into the camera and says, "Remember...one glass per person." Of course we made a batch, which turned out better than expected, ignored her admonishment and wound up pretty well $#!+-faced. Don't let this happen to you - enjoy this stuff in moderation!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 22:42:49 | More by IBUnit63
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New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes from 11/14/12

A- Pours a deep amber with reddish hues and a voluptuous off-white head with excellent retention and lacing.

S- Pungent aroma of ripe, dark fruits (figs, plums), caramel, and a hint of banana. A bit of piney hop aroma pushes through along with a little bready yeast. Super complex nose!

T- The first thing I notice about the taste is that it has a lot of roasty malt and a lot more hop-bitterness than expected from the nose. This is a thick, bready, and complex beer! The caramel sweetness takes over in the middle of the palate before giving way to some fig and raisin. It goes out with a bang, assaulting your palate with a load of dry, bitter, piney/grassy hops.

M- Thick, and doesn't hide the booziness much.

O- This beer lives up to the hype! Can't wait to try my other bottle w/ a year or so on it!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 03:34:13 | More by SadMachine
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New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well, here is the double the bastard, bastard the double. I had waited so long to drink my 2007 so I waited for the 2008 to have them side-by-side. One of those beers I had really looked forward to, and wasn't completely blown away but still a worthy beer by all means. I would still prefer the Oaked AB, but then again that is among my all time favorites.

22oz bottles of 07 and 08, in that order, alongside some good Indian cuisine. Poured into a Dogfish oversized snifter.

A: Ruby red color, thick and jelly look to it. Pretty dark film for the head and spotty lacing. It has the look of an oaked bastard cooked down to a syrupy consistency, but still with ample carbonation. Saw no difference in the appearance of the two editions.

S: The biggest difference is here between the two bottles, the 08 is mind numbingly sweeter. The mango subtle sweetness comes in brilliantly in the 07 whereas the 08 was more of a smack you in the nostrils sweetness with booze. Butterscotch barreled through as it warmed off some and was the one sticking point.

T: Similar to the aromas, the taste was more pungent and sweet in the 08. The flavors are fine here as well but the true balance and complexity is heightened with a year on the shelf I guess. Carammel, butterscotch malts that fit more into the ballpark of a fine barleywine than anything else. I was anticipating the usual dried fruit flavors but was more drawn to fresh fruit flavors such as cherry and plums.

M: It shines here for both versions. Bubbly, coating, and luxurious- the trifecta of goodness. The creaminess and bitterness for a beer this strength makes it a textbook sipper.

D: The strength Im sure would hide and seek more if shelved for longer but fresh it could be cumbersome. Dont get me wrong, this is delicious, worth the price, and something that I can always find a time and place for.

These two bottles were a perfect accompaniment to a good football game with the second half oddly becoming more enjoyable than the first.

Bastard the double indeed. Beggars cant be choosers but man, what this would be like oaked like the single bastard.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 13:29:23 | More by marcpal
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance wise a decent display. A finger or two of rocky tan head. Along with a cleanly filtered dark copper colored body.

Aroma is dark fruit in the way of over ripe plum, vanilla, sweet dark breads, with a hint of cherry.

The taste is of fig, cherry, thick caramel, and grapefruit hops notes.

Surprisingly well carbonated, chewy a little oily, and very warming in the end.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 20:49:22 | More by TheSarge
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Shared a 22 oz. bottle with C and R and my home tasting some beers. I've have this in my beer frig for a while and I've been waiting to taste it. Pours a brown copper color with a 1 1/2 finger head that lasts for a long time.

A: Pours a beautiful brown, copper color with a dark tan head about 1 1/2 fingers of head that is dark tan. It has beautiful lacing that covers the entire glass. This is perfect.

S: Smell of malt, citrus and some floral hops. Smell of alcohol is obvious.

T: Taste is really great: sweet malt, brown sugar, grapefruit and then other tastes of dark cherry and prune.

M: This is thick. Creamy with medium carbonation. It goes down good...maybe too good because that smell of alcohol is present and you know you should sip it. It's just so good.

O: I think this beer is fantastic! I would have is again and I would have it again! It really hits you, though, you know, that alcohol hits you. It was a wonderful experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 02:04:33 | More by JohnnyJam
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Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004 release

pours a deep reddish amber colour with a half inch of dense yellow head. head drops down and leaves a ring of lace.

aroma is great. slightly sweet and lots of resiny piney hops. slightly vinous. plums and dried fruit. bit of alcohol.

taste is great. alcohol initially, then resiny hops and a nice level of bitterness. fades into a slightly sweet maltyness. a little warm on the way down. the resiny taste lingers on your tongue long after it's gone. still get some of the vinous character and dried plum/raisin flavour.

mouthfeel is great. not too thick. good carbonation level.

drinkability is great. doesn't feel like 10%. pretty well balanced, even without the fresh hoppy aroma that it would have had fresh.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2006 01:24:02 | More by grub
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New York

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really felt quite violated after tasting this beer. As soon as my nose crossed the rim of the glass, the aroma impaled my head with its pungent decadence, and lodged there like some mind-controlling parasite from another star system, where it's planet's native atmosphere is a boiling cauldron of scrumptiously malty gaseous organic compounds. I had to give a 5 for smell because I could not see, with my limited insight, room for improvement. This heady rush reminded me of Old Wooly Barleywine from Big Time Brewery in Seattle (Excellent beer check it out limited distribution and availability). This beer is all about the malts up front. The thick, sweet flavors coat your mouth. I gave a 4 in mouthfeel because I can see this beer gaining another dimension with some nitro creaminess to balance the malts. Only after you have accepted the Double Bastard into your mouth do the hops make their presence known, which I feel is generally in a supporting role, though they successfully add to the complexity of this beer's sequence. Paying close attention reveals that the flavor profile is very well preserved. The aftertaste is a masterpiece, you can just sit there and continue tasting your last mouthful for several minutes. Like the best foods, this beer stays in your mouth long after its physical substance has passed to your nether-regions. All the while the aroma smolders in your nostrils with a potency that makes you wonder if your lungs are receiving enough oxygen to maintain vital metabolic processes. I had a Chimay Trippel (tap) immediately after this beer, and it's subtlety was dashed against the lingering presence of the Bastard. Have to remember next time to drink a palate cleanser before dropping 12 bucks on a Trappist ale. It was like coming back to your nice girlfriend after a tawdry encounter with an experienced older woman, and you don't feel guilty that you're bored with your girlfriend because it was worth every second. A landmark addition to strong american ales.


ps I had this bar at Mahar's in Albany (check the beerfly review this place is unreal). They had a raffle going for a *magnum* of 5th anniversary Arrogant Bastard. The bottle had a cork (obviously) and a big 5 on it, but I didn't look close, I just bought a ticket and offered praise, worship, and eternal servitude to any god who would bless me with a winning ticket.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2003 08:33:45 | More by IPAlot
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unassuming clear orange brown appearance. Little head. No lace.

This beer smells like a bouquet of flowers. Aromatic and then some! One of the best beer smells I've experienced.

This is my favorite Stone I have had. Balanced malt and hops, sweet and bitter. Savory to the max. Bitter maple syrup pancakes on the finish that lasts and lasts.

Mouthfeel is damn near perfect. Not too thick, but substantial. Almost feels like port in my mouth.

Drink it again and again. Alcohol is not apparent to me. I'd make this a regular if I didn't have to drive to another state to get Stone products. This beer deserves its hype, imho.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2004 02:29:42 | More by silenius
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a snifter.

A: Poured a dark red brown color with a thin white head.

S: Reminds me of smelling an American barley wine, highly hopped and malty, except on the sweeter side, like a sweet cherry smell.

T: The taste follows the nose well. Has a nice hop bite to it, yet also a big sweet malt back bone to tame the hops. On the end I get a slight pepper/spice aftertaste. Just a slight booziness on the end, but a pleasant sweet one.

M: Medium bodied. Hops linger for a while. Average amount of carbonation, a little sticky.

Overall a great beer. If you like American style barley wines, you will like this beer. If you are looking for a beer with a lot of flavor, this will hit the spot.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 09:23:18 | More by Joshpu
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Maudite snifter...

Appearance-Cloudy dark burnt orange. Head is about two fingers of off white beautifulness. Dissipates fairly nicely for such a high ABV beer.

Smell-Citrus hops at first then becomes a nice malty caramel aroma. Some spice notes and some booze on the finish. Very balanced, really works together.

Taste-Complex, but simple. The flavors are so pronounced and really smacks you across the face. Huge caramel malts and some dark fruits at first that transforms into a bittery citrus aroma with some spice. Alcohol is there, but very underwhelming.

Mouthfeel-Full bodied, medium carbonation. Really coats the tongue nicely. Perfect mouthfeel.

Overall-Unreal complexity and balance. Stone really nailed this one. And it's 6.50 a bomber!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 19:43:33 | More by SWMeyer4141
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage.

The colour is deep brown with a tint of red; the two finger head is firm and beige. Lots of lacing occurs.

The medium strong smell is very hoppy (but not very bitter) in an American citric way. But at the same time, there are large quantities of lightly roasted hops to balance the hops: The grapefruits are mixed with plums, raisins and candied oranges. There is some alcohol too, but not as much as one could think.

The taste is very balanced: loads of dried fruits (plums, raisins, figs) and walnuts, some sour hints of lemons, lots of round sweet flavours. Fruit candy, fresh vegetables, grilled meat and an impressive balanced and luxurious feel. The aftertaste got a warming alcoholic flavour, dried fruits, very elegant bitterness that keeps in the background. The finish reminds a little of fine Scottish lowland whiskey and Christmas desserts.

The carbonation is mild, yet refreshing. The liquid is thick and creamy.

Does this style get better than this? I think it is hard to imagine such a beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 21:32:33 | More by bark
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a BIG thanks goes out to Vancer for sending me this bomber of 2006 stone double bastard ale.

i drank this beer out of a tremens tulip.

this beer poured a cloudy (perhaps sediment from cooling it in the rapid beverage chiller) orange-ish brown with very little and and little lacing. carbonation abounds. i should add that the beer cleared up and i didn't see any sediment in the glass, so i am not sure what that was all about, but it was inconsequential.

this beer smells of raisins and caramel. a bit of spice in the nose as well. i can detect the alcohol, which is not a bad thing.

the taste is consistent with the smell, however it becomes much more complex as it warms. i can best describe the beginning of this beer as very agressive, starting sweet and finishing bitter, however superbly balanced.

the mouthfeel is quite full with hella carbonation. makes me wonder where the head went?

i shared this with barefootbrewer and another, but i think i could drink a whole bomber by myself. highly drinkable in my opinion. quite like a barleywine. actually closer to a barleywine than the last barleywine i had, avery hog heaven.

cheers to Vancer for sending me this KILLER brew.

what a wonderful smelling beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 14:28:17 | More by deepsouth
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another morning beer with Cavery... I think we're going to need a long break after this fourth consecutive session!

Poured into a Stone nonic.

A: Pours a hazy maroon with a modest head (but one that stays through the session) of off-white color like a 75/25 mix of white and brown sugar. Lovely lacing to boot.

S: Hops, chocolate, lavender and roast in the nose. Already getting a sense of a crossed experience here with hops and lavender like an IPA and chocolate and roast like an RIS. Definitely interesting.

T: Suspicion confirmed, definitely getting a whirlwind of flavors here from different extremes of the beer spectrum. Hops, floral flavors, peanut brittle, chocolate, wood, and more all coming in and overlapping at different times. Each flavor seems to stick out on its own, and they don't blend together too much even when they are simultaneous.

M: I was worried about the carbonation because I didn't get much of a head even on a pretty violent pour but the carbonation was fine; no issues with the mouthfeel.

O: Really an interesting beer, not sure I've had anything much like it. While I would say it's tastey, its best quality seems to be its novelty. I could see some like this significantly more than others. If you like well blended, smooth beers, this one probably won't do too well by you. If you like kicks and punches in your beer this should grab your fancy.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 00:54:37 | More by Klym
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hold this bright orange beer up to the light and you'll swear it's radioactive. And for such an active looking beer, the taste doesn't disappoint.

Double Bastard Ale is packed with flavor. Thick, sweet caramels balanced by bitter hops, toasted grains, citrus fruits (mainly grapefruit), herbal tealike flavors and mild spices all find their way in.

Flawless mouthfeel with great carbonation that punches your taste buds, but finishes dry and crisp.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 21:19:14 | More by ElGrecoVerde
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled with a tormented tonque at the hophead throwdown...

Who in their right mind would seek to balance such an incredible malt backbone with bitter and arrogant hops. I suppose it's some twisted sense of propriety, humor, and adventure that drives the folks at Stone to craft a dark ruby brew with a mind twisting alcohol aroma, chocolate, and grapefruit aroma. The flavors of the brew shift back and forth between sour citrus, again grapefruit, and malt notes of chocolate and coffee. Its an intense mélange enlivened by an alcohol that lets the flavors take flight. A most excellent and drinkable brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2004 13:11:35 | More by AllThingsNinja
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Whole Foods on the east side of Santa Cruz, January 2010. I've had it the past three years but for some reason this is the first year I'm reviewing it. Chorizo and deep house music while I sample it.

A - Beautiful amber/red. This really deserves to be consumed in the sun, where the color really comes through.

S - Caramel, toffee, brown sugar. A bit sweet, not too much alcohol.

T - Lots of sweet malt, burnt sugar, nuttiness, and hops in the finish. Better as it warms, more character and depth. I keep thinking of caramels and for some reason it reminds me this year of a Snickers bar.

M - Perfect for this style. Carbonation is spot on, just the right amount of chewiness.

D - Amazing to me that I feel like I could drink 4 or 5 of these without an issue (although I doubt I could). The alcohol is well hidden and the blend of malt and hops only make me want more.

Overall it's just one more year that makes me wish this was a year-round release for Stone. Outstanding. DAMN, the spiciness of the chorizo only adds to the experience, this beer really held its own. I'm glad I have a few more of these for later.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 06:05:09 | More by djmichaelk
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper color with a one inch creamy looking light tan head. Great retention and a nice bit of lace.

Aroma is quite nice. Some sweet malty tones of caramel and toffee. A little hop spiciness as well.

Taste is delicious. A nice hop spiciness which adds a nice bitterness on the finish. A nice caramel sweetness really helps balance this beer.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick and creamy with a subtle carbonation.

Drinkability is high. Great flavors definitely make this beer easy to consume, but high alcohol limits that consumption. However, the further I get into this beer the more I realize the drinkability is insane! It is so smooth, delicious, and the alcohol is nonexistent. Except that I'm already running a decent buzz.

I recieved this 2006 DB from bket01 in the Up In Smoke BIF, thanks a ton!

consumed on 8/21/08

The pour is incredibly thick, comes out kind of syrupy. It comes out an incredibly hazed, murky, light brown/amber mixture with a thin light tan head on top. That creamy head just sticks to the top of the beer with nice retention a wants to leave lacing all the way down.

I really love the aroma of this beer. Sticky sweet, some fruit and spice. Caramel and toffee still present, seems like some mollases like tones as well.

Wow, the taste is still great. Definitely sweet, but not overly, with a nice bitterness. The caramel and toffee maltiness is there, a nice bit of fruit. Alcohol is well masked, but you can definitely feel the warmth of this brew.

Mouthfeel is incredible. Immensely thick and syrupy and gently carbonated.

Drinkability for a beer like this is insane. Aging did nothing but good for the beer. I wouldn't hesitate to drink these fresh, or aged beyond 2 years. Just a phenomenal brew and one I've come to really love.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 02:58:19 | More by Goliath
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent kick butt ale. Strong but not overwheming. Kind of thick/syrupy but that is good and Double Bastard passes the test as to its worthiness to accompany a good afternoon of tv football. This is definitly worth the expense to give it a try, although its not that easy to find, I got mine at Whole Foods.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2005 22:20:35 | More by ffcpa2
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very murky burnt amber color into my Stone Double Bastard specialty glass. Approx a quarter inch creamy tan head appears and excellent retention of lacing is seen. Aroma is earthy, with hints of hops, vanilla, walnuts, cherries, bananas, and some bit of biosphere. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, with a dry after feel. The taste is a dry, slightly boozy combination of all it's aromatic components. This is another great member of the Stone "Bastard" family.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 01:30:20 | More by surprenant1138
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2006 DB poured from a 22oz. "bomber".

The beer poured out a very dark amber color, with a small head. To its credit, the small head lasts until the bottom of the glass. The bear is fairly clear for a heavily-hopped monster.

The smell is a mixture of different citrus smells, and a bit of pine, and a definite strong alcohol odor. The scents are most notable when the beer is first poured, and seem to dissipate quickly in the glass. It smells a lot like regular Arrogant Bastard, but a little stronger.

The taste has a number of flavors woven together. I can taste carmel, sweet toffee, and light molases. These are contrasted with a strong hop bitterness, which seems like the same mixture of orangey citrus and pine that you pick up in the smell. In all it's pretty balanced.

The mouthfeel is very full, almost syrupy. There is a slight alcohol burn, but it is less than I would have expected. It has a dry finish that shows up right after you get past the hop bite.

The drinkability is surprisingly good for something with so much hop bitterness. At least one 22oz. bottle will be pretty easy to finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 00:29:42 | More by westweasel
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter

Appearance –Pours a hazy brown mahogany color with a small off white head. The head fades fast to leave a very persistent white foam film on the top of the brew.

Smell – A bready base aroma is mixed with huge hop aromas. There are big smells of bitter-resinous pine and citrus hop with other aromas of earthy nature. Mixed with all these are lighter fruit aromas and a good bit of alcohol aroma as well; rounding out the aroma profile well.

Taste – Throughout the taste there is a massive bready malt flavor. There is a light amount of caramel and light fruit sweetness at first mixed with a citrus hop flavor. The hop flavors at the beginning, while average for an IPA, then really start to gain strength. Citrus and pine hops start getting strong and start to bring some bitterness. The caramel sweetness is largely lost, but the citrus is still there. While the pine and citrus get stronger, they get huge and other hop flavors of a resinous earthy taste come to the tongue. All the hop flavors mix quite well and take the taste to the end, where they are greeted with a warming and lightly burning alcohol flavor, which oddly in some ways complements the hop quite well.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is creamy and chewy with all those flavors really coating the mouth in all the wonderful flavors. The lower carbonation only accentuates the creaminess with it also accentuating the hop and booze burn as well.

Overall – Very heavy and tasty. Its mouthfeel is fantastic and it has a nice blend of hop and booze taste. A great brew for sipping nice and slow.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 00:03:19 | More by Darkmagus82
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 in the house!!!

Nose: Sweet ripe strawberry, candy apple, light caramel malts. Delightful.

Taste and feel:

Old-tasting dank sweet/bitter/semi-sour. Feels like it came out of a barrel - it's dry tasting but not on the feel.

I've got an image: fuzzy, leafy hops dried up and slathered in sweet barley syrup, left to dry again, then toasted and eaten with a burnt-sugar and butter dipping sauce. Mmmm.

So much going on, which I've come to expect from Stone. Finish is dry bitter hops bite. Alcohol warms and dries the palate a bit on the finish as well, which surprised me as I smell and taste minimal booze, even at 11.2%.

Excellent outing. Good show. I don't know if I'd still call it an American Strong at this point . . . but you know, potato:potato. (That's doesn't translate well in type, does it?) I still like Arrogant Bastard better, but this is a doozy!!!! I could rant about Stone, but I won't. I like what they do, especially considering the scale at which they do it.

Also, I highly, highly recommend letting this one get up to at least 55F.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 23:06:55 | More by CheezyBlaster
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy dark orange color without much of a head on it, looks very thick out of the bottle, tons of sediment floating around in the beer. smell is awesome, has a distinct hop aroma to it, smell reminds me of of a dfh 90 min for some reason, i think its the mixture of lots of hops and lots more malt. taste is great, like all of stones beer, a nice thick syrupy mouthfeel compliments the great taste. the drinkability is lower just because of the strength of the beer, wish i could get stone here, have to rely on gifts from friends.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 05:50:23 | More by 1fastz28
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New York

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If you're such a bastard that you're a double bastard then you must have done something wrong.

But if loving this beer is wrong, I don't wanna be right. I've knocked back the better version of DB (not douchebag) wherever possible. Of the vintages (2006 through 2010), my favorite was the 2007 that was aged about 3 years. This review's for that one.

An American Strong Ale clocking in at 11.2% alcohol by volume, Double Bastard pours with a hazy amber hue and sultry head that maintains good lacing throughout the drink. The nose has some orange citrus notes remaining even though it's now 3 years old, but it's mostly sweeter malts covering booze. Still has a bite on the tongue when you first sip it, but that's mostly alcohol. There's citrus present in the taste, and after 3 years I'd say it's mostly a sweet and strong brew without too much present of yeast at all. In fact, it's still fantastic.

Medium-bodied and great to finish, one 22 ounce bomber of this should put you to bed. And it can do that regularly, because at about $7 a bottle it's affordable for the quality, and still widely available.

I'm starting to think that maybe a double bastard isn't a bastard at all. Like a double negative or something.

More beer needed to consider this further.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 20:52:34 | More by afksports
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Stone offering poured from a bomber shows a ruby copper liquid with a nominal splotchy head, not much lacing going on as this goes down. Smell is earthy hops over a back ground of sugary unripe fruits. Doughy bread. Taste is a strong piney and citrus hop contingent. Some pleasant green apple notes. A yeasty alcohol bite makes its presence known. Mouthfeel is big and bold, but not chewy and cloying. The 10.5% that this brew packs is noticeable, but it remains fairly drinkable. A great night cap.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 05:06:16 | More by crayphish
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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