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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,709 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,709
Reviews: 1,977
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 367
Gots: 778 | 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:
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Photo of BBM
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep auburn color that was slightly transparent. A smooth white head rested atop the brew. The aroma was very sweet, somewhat floral, and somewhat alcoholic. It's the kind of smell that clues you in on what you're about to drink; a huge, complex beer.

And that's what the Double Bastard is. It's an unrelenting assault on the tastebuds. At first it is strikingly sweet, with big waves of caramel, dark fruits, and raisins. As the beer warms the complexities really come out, exhibiting a sturdy grass hop profile, a smokey wood flavor, and a subtle alcohol tinge to the finish. And while the sweetness prevails over all of it, the subtleties never get lost or overpowered.

The mouthfeel is medium, rich, and super smooth. Very little alcohol in the finish. Drinkability takes a slight hit due to the intense sweetness and ABV. But overall this is just a beast of a beer, putting your palate in a stranglehold and not letting go.

BBM, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of colforbin73
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

plain old arrogant bastard - a pretty aggressive, bastardish arrogant brew -- so all the doubled up incarnations -- you know they are gonna be that much more.... arrogant. i think the oaked double bastard is one of the most demanding, intense, arrogant beers i have ever had -- the regular double is pretty serious too.

pours a rich ruby red with a little foam -- drinks down with a thin white head. deep pungent spicy malt in the nose.... the mouthfeel is excellent -- this beer really coats your mouth, slides down and leaves a nice bitter sweet taste, honey, raisins and dark chocolate. i don;t get a lot of hop aroma, but the IBUs are up there.

not exactly a friendly beer, but a smooth drink when all is said and done. defined by the syrupy complex malt sweetness and overriding arrogant bitterness. DRINK IT.

colforbin73, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a lovely clear red beer with a three finger tan foamy head that lasted for a while. Good shit!

The aroma was slightly sweet, as expected. There was rich fruity malt, pine-like hops, and a hint of mustiness.

Taste was bitter, with musty malt, roasted barley and caramel, hints of vanilla, and alcohol. The alcohol was powerful, but in character.

Mouthfeel was nice and chewy, a little thick, and quite good. Drinkability would be a 4.5 but for the power of the alcohol.

connecticutpoet, May 15, 2005
Photo of bigbubba
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a beautiful mahogony colored, slightly cloudy beer with very little head on it. There is a delicious sweet malty aroma with a prominent alcohol smell, and a hint of vanilla. The taste is also delicious, very malty with lots of balancing bitterness that helps keep it from being overly sweet. Mouthfeel is excellent. Drinkability is also good, but use caution, as it gets warmer it becomes real easy to gulp down. And that's asking for trouble.

bigbubba, Jul 17, 2004
Photo of LambicPentameter
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City, paired with a pressed turkey and cheddar with sauerkraut and whole-grain mustard on marble rye bread. Served in a small Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Pour yields a sudsy caramel off-white head of a finger ahd a half. Mostly microbubbles, but a smattering of larger, soap-like bubbles are atop the beverage as well. Retention is excellent and leaves spots of lacing on the glass as I drink it down. Supporting the head is a beautiful dark crimson-amber hue with some shades of magenta or almost purple to give it an amethyst like quality, but more red. Maybe like a cross between an amethyst and a ruby. Very pretty shade of red in any case.

Smell - The smells of caramel malt and pungent hops compete to be the most predominant on the nose. Beneath that there are elements of dark fruit--specifically black plum and perhaps black cherry, but without any of the tartness that usually accompanies cherries. Maybe even some hints of raisin as well, although faint. the hops used are earthy and peat-like, rather than citric or floral.

Taste - Initially, I get some light sweetness, like light molasses or maybe even Grade A (light amber) maple syrup. But that is quickly complimented by the bittering of the hops used to avoid this from becoming just a lot of sweet malt. The hops are aggressive enough to provide bitterness and allow me to recognize that common beer ingredient, but they don't overpower the main character of this beer, which is malt, sweetness and a touch of light pepper.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and medium bodied, with ample carbonation for the style, but still probably moderate levels on an overall scale. Finish is sweet, but not cloying.

Overall, a wonderful beer, especially when paired with the right food. It worked quite well with the acidity and pungency of the spicy mustard and pickled flavors of the sauerkraut. But it's certainly good enough to stand on its own, even though it might be a sipping beer. I did prefer it as it warmed and allowed the malt profile to shine.

LambicPentameter, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of smcolw
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Muddy, light brown color. Modest head of one finger, but it lasts a very long time and leaves broken lace rings on the glass.

Aroma: Sherry-like maltiness; moderate grapefruit hop smell. Some pineapple notes as well.

Lots of hops to cut through the heavy malt feel. Alcohol is notable but not the predominant flavor. The potency can be sensed without dictating the taste. Hops are the story here; it's very much like a dark DIPA--perhaps we could call this Triple IPA.

smcolw, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'03 release. I've been sitting on this for a few months now, and settling in to watch "Boondock Saints" with a lovely lady seemed the right time to pop open the DB. She loves hops, so that helped a bit. Pours a deep mahogany. Very sticky beer, on the palate, in the glass...stickiness is the nature of this beast. Candy sweet nose, plenty of hops and alcohol as well. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor. I actually expected this to be hoppier than it was. Don't get me wrong, there's a shitload of hops in this brew, but the maltiness is HUGE! Very roasty, moreso than its younger sibling. I'm glad that malt profile is so big, it balances this brew out so well. Resinous wood and pine notes are noticeable as well. Loads of flavor, a fantastic beer. I wouldn't expect anything less from the kids at Stone.

IrishRedRock, Mar 01, 2004
Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Bootleggers in Topsham, a new favorite store with a great selection. Pours dark brown, extremly hazy, very little head. Smells slightly piney, malty. Tastes quite piney, bitter, citrusy, slightly malty in the background. It isn't as hoppy as expected, maybe slightly less so than Arrogant Bastard. Overall though I really do like it, I'm glad Stone is available in Maine, and this beer is a nice traat. Enjoy!!

Manosbeeroffate, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of BevMoAndrew
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted the 2005 Double Bastard at Stone Brewing Co. in standard pint glass.

Shows a medium mahogany with a creamy, off-white froth and good lacing. On the nose are louds of cherry sucrets followed by chocoalte, orange, grapefruit, pinapple, passion fruit, sugar cane, toffee, caramel, honey, & a touch of fresh espresso. On the palate are all the characteristics from the nose with a definite, but smooth hop bitterness, sweet red fruit, and great carbonation/mouthfeel. Overall, an awesome beer that is sweet and smooth. Aged to perfection.

BevMoAndrew, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of BrewMonkey
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been looking for this for about a year and a half and finally got a case of the '07 variety.

Pours dark amber, almost brown with red highlights, not terribly clear but not cloudy either. Decent light tan to white head that went away faster than the standard ABA.

Aroma kicks with maltiness. Candy maltiness from someone else's review is a good way to put it. Caramel, toffee and ever so slight breadiness in the malt profile. A strange citrus/melon combo to the hop aroma which overall is pretty subdued. Some alcohol heat is noticable on the nose. I thought it smelled very nice, though my wife thought it smelled like cherry cough syrup.

Initial taste of sweet malt and caramel is pretty quickly though not completely supplanted by a difinitive hop bitterness. This beer is not exactly what I would call effervescent, but its not anywhere near syrupy for such a high ABV. It actually finishes suprisingly smooth.

I want to give this one another shot at which point I'll edit this review. Overall I thought it was quite good and worth the wait, but I want to make sure that anticipation is not skewing my perception.

BrewMonkey, Dec 11, 2007
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,709 ratings.