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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

5,447 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,447
Reviews: 1,971
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 321
Gots: 682 | FT: 27
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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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Rguardian989

New Jersey

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

Review from notes, Drank on January 13 2010
2009 release bottle poured into a snifter

Appearance/Smell: Dark/hazy amber with a tan head that doesn't last long. Smells like a grapefruit just punched me in the face. Hops are very prominent (me like). Some malt in the background with very little fusel alcohol detected.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Grapefruit. Other citrus. Light malt, in that order. A hop forward beer. No alcohol taste. Very pleasant lingering bitterness on the end. Its very smooth with a nice light carbonation. Perfect mouthfeel to me.

Drinkability: It disappeared pretty quickly but I would be hammered with too many of these.

Other Notes: Overall a very good beer, one that I'm going to seek out every year as soon as its released.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 18:31:14 | More by Rguardian989
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chrisgn

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a beast! Dark brown in color, unfiltered with a thin off white head the sticks to the glass. Smells of citrus fruit and malt sweetness which combine to create a pineapple aroma. The taste is absolutely huge, rich, and complex. Very balanced in the front with lingering bitterness and alcohol hotness on the end. All things considered, I do not get and overdose of alcohol flavor here. I would not say this is boozy at all. The ridiculous amount of malt and hops win out. Full bodied and bordering on syrupy. Intense flavor and alcohol hurt the drinkable, but this a great beer. These bastard ales are so over the top with flavor yet balanced. It is incredible.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 02:27:03 | More by chrisgn
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IrishMike

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So what i have sitting in front of me tonight is the supposed greatest beer of my favorite style. Been waiting awhile to find out where i can get one of these bombers, and i have mntlover to thank for the opprotunity to try it out. An American-Barley wine freak like myself couldn't be more pleased with a chance at this infamous brew; so much so that the entire two days that i was sitting in my room i could hear it calling out my name....

Appearance- Did somebody switch my bottle with Old Horizontal? Pour them right next to each other and i wouldn't be able to tell one apart from another. Dark copper, nice head off white 1" head and a wild lacing that carries huge strings from one side of the glass to the other. Average head retention. Very mild carbonation.

Smell- Yikes, this one SMELLS intimidating! Floral hops and fusel alcohol strike first, completely dissallowing anything else to enter their territory. I spent a good minute taking sniffs and trying to figure out what was hiding underneath them. Rum, grapefruit, and a prickily spiciness to it. Nostrils completely cleared up after spending time smelling this one. Ah, my feel sinuses are nice and clean.

Taste- Thankfully, the taste doesn't make quite as bold a statement as the nose of this bombshell. Hops mix with sweet malts first, both backing away at essentially the same time for pleasent after taste that is smooth and spicy. Caramel soaked grapefruit, or is that grapefruit infused rum?, english cheddar, and a lemon/citric bitterness (possibly somehow related to Lemon Warheads candy) take you through and interesting journey of flavors. Oddly enough, none of these seem to be too strong nor too bitter to take away from it at all. Some raisins and figs perhaps? Caramel? Some alcohol to boot? Sure, why not. There's always more than enough going on here.

Mouthfeel- Just about where i want it to be; full bodied, rich and strong with a pleasant after-taste. Low amount of carbonation, but that seems to be the norm for the style at hand here.

Drinkability- I have basically destroyed this bomber in little over an hour, and despite feeling the alcohol-related effects of it, i can't see myself stopping before the show is completed. Alcohol is always present, but in a weird twist, only seems to add to the complexity to the brew. It's bizzarre balance is what ultimately leads to it's drinkability.

After what was set out as a goal to find which was my favorite A.B.W. (this versus the Bigfoot and the Old Ho) i came to a slightly depressing conclusion that it's a three-way draw. Each offers their own particular take on the style, and all three succeed at the same level. But considering i loved the other two brews, i can't at all be dissapointed that i find this one to be at equal level. Maybe not the most hoppy (Bigfoot), or the most malty (Old Horizontal), but possibly the most complex and balanced. I can see why this one rates as highly as it does. One of those fine brews that lives up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2005 05:10:14 | More by IrishMike
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BusyNinja

New Jersey

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

I love this beer in a bottle, and have been rationing myself after purchasing a full case. On tap it seems so much better balanced. Hops are present, but not in yer face. No alcohol taste, as was present/discernible in the bottle. All in all, a real treat on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2007 01:21:10 | More by BusyNinja
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gotbeer

Massachusetts

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

This is one strong beer that will make your head ring. It is dark amber in color, and pours with a nice head that remains lacing the glass as you drink it. The smell is sweet with a fruity, almost grapefruit like quality. The taste is smooth, with a heavy dose of hops. It has almost a syrupy consistency to it as you sip, but a pleasant sweet aftertaste. Strong malt flavors as well, more so than the regular Arrogant Bastard. It's amazing to me that this beer is 10% ABV the way it goes down. The alcohol taste is not overpowering, and the fruity hops and malt make it almost unoticable. I wouldn't reccomend trying to finish more than one bomber at a sitting due to the high alcohol content. With it's drinkability though, the taste would allow you to do so. This is a straight up American barleywine with an ass kicking hop profile with malt balance. I would recommend this one to others, and I'll surely try it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2003 23:01:48 | More by gotbeer
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear garnet with a mix of tight cream colored head that's mixed with big bubbles and sticks around. Sticky sheets of lacing 3D lacing make for a beautiful looking beer.

S - Rock candy, fresh pine wood, bready yeast, doughy buttered biscuits, warm caramel, citrus hides underneath the pine.

T - Dense caramel malt with a hint of buttered biscuits. Sugary cherries hide underneath the slab of rich caramel malt. Toffee and sticky raisins follow a creamy sticky malt. Floral, pine, and citrus hops provide excellent balance as well as a soft but strong bitterness on the palate. Has a long finish of pine resin with orange oils floating on the palate.

M - Dense, creamy, sticky, thick body.

A highly crafted beer at it's best! It screams quality and a big, rich flavors! The alcohol is hidden very well. It's exactly what you want it to be. Big, bold, rich, and robust.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 03:30:37 | More by StaveHooks
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boogles

Kansas

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into "Arrogant Bastard" bar glass. A reddish-brown color, lighter than cola and more red than yellow. Almost no head with little lacing; very low carbonation in general.

This is a great smell for a beer--a strong ale with sweet pineapple (not tart), burnt raisin and roast hits. I like where this is going ...

Taste--very good and interesting. Alcohol masked well to the point that if I didn't know, I'd think it was a normal ABV--it's there, but you have to find it and it comes on late.

Although the carbonation is lower than I usually like, but it feels more gentle than flat. This adds to the drinkability, which could be considered a benefit or danger. This ale has a nice mouthfeel with just enough sweetness to balance out the robust, mature base, which has plenty of bitterness--I like that. I am not a fan of sweet beers, and this is not a sweet beer, but its sweetness is a lovely peripheral aspect that doesn't fade into the rest of the beer, nor is it overwhelming. It's just one of the many characteristics of this interesting, complex beer. A true winner, and a great example of Stone's propensity to brew outstanding big beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 06:46:11 | More by boogles
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cooler4life

Quebec (Canada)

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

2011 Release

A: Pours a deep pine straw orange brown. Two finger off-white head that settles to a thin cap. Some carbonation can be seen racing to the top around the edges. There is already some lacing left behind from the receding head.

S: Just about brings a tear to my eye from the purity of the hop juice, grass, smoke, pineapple, and molasses.

T: Hits the palate so smooth and then wham! Caramel, peat, sour blueberries. Behind the sweet flavors there resides an enormous hop and malt profile. Alas, my taste buds are eradicated.

M: The micro-carbonation is really fantastic, leaves your palate neither wet nor dry, just somewhere floating in between. Smooth, oily, and full bodied.

O: I feel beat up like I was strapped to a merry-go-round by a bully and thrown off at high speeds. Would I attempt to escape this abuse if the bully was a 'Double Bastard'? Not a chance.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 07:49:30 | More by cooler4life
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ReebShorts

Washington

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

2006 release, poured into a westmalle chalice. Dark orange/light brown color, not much head, thin layer, moderate lacing.

Aroma of burnt caramel, red licorice, cherry, oak, oh, and hops.

Nice, somewhat sweet on the intake, squashed with a nice bitter hop bite. Man, this is good, seems like a mix of strong ale and double IPA, I will definately pick this up if I can come across it. Stone's distribution is still somewhat limited here in WA. Thanks to DogFood for bringing this up from cali over the holidays.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2007 07:18:34 | More by ReebShorts
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deeznuts420

Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured into a duvel tulip. had about a finger and a half of head that dissipated fairly quickly. brownish red color.smelled of sweet bready maltiness followed by a ton of piney, citrusy hops. also a tiny bit of grapefruit and slight alcohol.tastes fairly bitter up front followed by sweet bready maltiness with the piney citrusy hops following right behind. sweet then bitter finsh with a good heavy mouthfeel. one of the best strong ales out there and would and have it again

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 11:13:26 | More by deeznuts420
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PhantasIPA

Delaware

4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The colour of this beer is a very dark amber and brown. The beer pours with a solid 1/2 inch head and has minimal lacing against the glass.

The smell of this brew is a heavy, sweet malt mixed with a very earthy scent of earth and nuts.

That taste of this beer is malt heavy, with a strong molasses and caramel flavor. followed by the heavy, earthy notes.

The mouthfeel is bitter and heavy and lingers on the tongue with a steady yet tasty flavour. Very nice!

This beer is complicated, strong, balanced and tasty. It is difficult for me to identify every flavour and scent but the balance of earth tones, very heavy, sweet flavour and bitter aftertaste make for a unique and nice tasting beer. Absolutely worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 02:27:58 | More by PhantasIPA
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pkalix

California

4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

for Stone. i was expectin mass hops....
poured a dark amber, little head, very little carbonation...
smell is sweet, malts and barley; very nice and unexpected.
taste is of the same. very much easier than expected to put down. even after a long conversation with the beautiful red-head next to me, the warming of the brew was a complete non-factor. this is urprisingly easy to drink, sweet and almost delicious-especially for the abv.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2013 03:08:31 | More by pkalix
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, I’ve found a bottle of this much sought after strong, hoppy monster. 22 oz, 06, bomber purchased from Chuck’s Fine Wines in Chagrin Falls, OH. Bought and consumed on 06-12-07.

Appearance: Crimson lava body. Tan head.

Aroma: All the good stuff. Plantation pine and apricot plantation. Cedar chips smoldering under a grill covered in hardened caramel that slowly melts and drips onto those hot cedar chips creating a flare up of smoky-sweet caramel aroma. Yum. One knows that this packs a lot of hops and at least a little strength.

Taste: There is a heck of a lot going on here. I’m first hit by juicy citrus and tropical fruit, especially mango and then grapefruit. Next I notice pine. Then the caramel brings everything together but it quickly melts under the pressure of some hearty booze esters that resemble brown sugar. That make way for toffee which turns to smoke, then tree bark, which finally brings me back to even more pine. As it warms it becomes hoppy port for a few seconds and then hoppy fuel. Finally we’re left with flavorful booze that is sweet and bitter at the same time and extremely warming.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and full but not filling or burdensome. There is an airy quality, perhaps from a relatively strong carbonation that helps to balance all of this out. The hop presence certainly does well to match the sugariness from the booze and the bountiful caramel sweetness. All in all this is really well balanced, complex, and delicious.

Drinkability: Very good. I relished this bomber and wanted another right away. At 10% or so, this could become a real dangerous brew if I had a lot of it.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2007 18:11:22 | More by DaPeculierDane
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, 2010 Release.
In a pint glass the beer was a cherry amber color with a small tan head.
Boozy aroma, sweet caramel, citrus, and flowers.
Very, very hoppy. Grapefruit, piney. Caramel.
A very balanced beer. Alcohol not at all intrusive.
Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 02:00:13 | More by lordofthewiens
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mutterfudder

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first double bastard! Been looking forward to this since I bought Double Bastard glasses. Clearly, that was what this was poured into ;)

A - Thick and viscous, it goes into the glass with no real head but an ever present ring of a head. The color is a heavy rouge color that is thick and hazy.

S - WOW... malts, caramel, vanilla, oak, wood... then the hops, piney and sharp. What a complex and appetizing nose!

T - Taste doesn't let down. Similar to Arrogant Bastard, but smoother and better balanced in my opinion. The malts and hops are similar, but feel amplified. There is a noticeable "heat" to the beer, but you kind of expect that from a nearly 11 percent beverage.

M/D - Thick on the mouth. The hops stick with you, as does a residual sweetness from the malts. My lips were sticking together. Good stuff. Drinkable but one bottle was all that was needed.

One amazingly complex, well balanced brew. Do recommend!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 03:08:12 | More by mutterfudder
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asabreed

New York

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2004 release. Bomber. Poured into a wine glass.

I have two others sitting, but since it's been a year since I had a taste last, I figured I'd buy another to have now and actually review.

Appearance: Beautiful red / amber color, fluffy white head full of mini bubbles that slowly recedes, some spotty lacing around the glass as I drink. Fantastic.

Smell: Fruitiness and malt upfront. Pear, cherry, berries. Some oily hop aromas in the back. Some yeast and bread. Extremely well-balanced, as nothing comes through more than anything else.

Taste: The fruit and sweetness are apparent right away. Some oily hop bitterness is apparent upon after taste, but it's not pervasive. The flavors of fruit are more discernible as it warms, with pear being the most dominant. Some bready and yeasty aromas that help to balance everything too. Amazingly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Very very nice. The tiny bubbles in the appearance come through the make the mouthfeel velvety and carbonated perfectly. I could swish this around all the time.

Drinkability: I don't want more than maybe one a month because this is such a treat. Thankfully I have two left as I write this.

Stone continues to be one of the best breweries around. Some may say this is their best beer, and I'm pretty close to saying it also. Regardless, this is a great beer, and I will continue to drink it as long as it's available. Not only that, but this is recent stuff, meaning the 2004 -- so something this green, that also tastes so fantastic, can only get better with age.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2005 00:53:51 | More by asabreed
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ElGordo

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage 22oz bottle, poured into a Maudite snifter

Pours an amber-brown color with bright orange highlights when held up to the light. Appealing aroma of sweet dark and caramel malts, dark fruit, and some brown sugar, along with a noticeable alcohol presence. Palate is a rich and complex blend of malty sweetness, dark fruit, and brown sugar up front. A subtle hoppy bitterness emerges before the swallow and lingers long into the aftertaste, balancing things out a bit. Notes of figs and prunes come through on the finish. Body is velvety smooth, a great complement to the rich intermingling of flavors in the palate. Very drinkable for such a strong beer, and the perfect accompaniment to a bowl of mushroom barley soup on a cold night. As usual, a wonderful offering from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2006 04:56:37 | More by ElGordo
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californiakebab

California

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rainy day, kind of hungover from the weekend...why not pop open a double bastard ale? Pours a cloudy, amberish brown with a thick, pale caramel head of foam. After a few swirls, I'm picking up a strong aroma of juicy citrus, and fat caramel malt. The raisiny, dark fruity character of crystal malt harmonizes with the heavy dosage of American c-hops for an assertively rich, robust flavor. Huge bitterness on the finish. Medium - full bodied, has a perfect amount of carbonation to keep it from being too heavy. Such an enjoyable beer, so smooth for near 11% abv. The balance achieved between massive malt and massive hops is incredible, making this a world class beer in my book.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 03:57:45 | More by californiakebab
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DwnTwnBwn

California

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours cloudy, deep auburn red, with two fingers of head. The foam laves the glass. it was actually difficult to wash off after. Impressive look.

S- It has a huge smell. Starte off with a seweet candy. then the hops come through. Lots of alcohol.

T - Huge! It starts out with a big Caramel malt backbone that holds the whole way through The next big suprise id the hops. The almost catch you off guard. They start to dry the pallet then alcohol warmth comes through and drys it s bit more. Still a slightly sweet malt presence at the end.

M- Lots of Carbonation. It has a very big mouth feel, but doesn't seem to weigh the tongue down.

O- This is an awesome beer. the Name ways it all. It's a Arrogant Arrogant bastard of a beer. I am humbled.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 18:17:24 | More by DwnTwnBwn
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errantnight

California

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2006 edition.

Let me note that I wasn't as wowed by the 2007 this year as I was when I had the 2006 fresh last year... the 2004 I had last year was a little strong in alcohol... and the 2005 I had last year reminded me of this... simply superb.

Pours rich, viscous and deep brass/copper with minimal but persistent head with some of the Best Lacing Ever. My glass was coated from the top down. Outstanding. Practically glowing in the glass, this is what strong ales of this type should look like. Or, y'know, not. But this one looks good looking like this, k?

The aroma is delicious, if slightly underwhelming... it's definitely more intense fresh, with notes of spicy hop... here? A rich broth of malty deliciousness with some floral, citric notes from the hops... like a Double IPA that's lost a bit of its touch and is heavier on the malt... it's inviting, but a bit incongruous with what's to come.

Full flavored assault of biscuity malt with a clean, molasses/honey sweetness with a sharp, bitter edge to cleanse the palate. A bit of grapefruit. Not incredibly complex, but the balance is perfect. But this isn't really a "where's the alcohol?" well balanced... more of a... the alcohol is there, but subdued, and adds to the experience. Points lost only as this approaches room temperature the alcohol starts to rear its head, and if you let this really warm up it will turn sharply, disappointingly, noxious. You don't want this too cold, but it does have a sweet spot somewhere in the 50s.

Body is rich and full with enough carbonation to keep things moving on the tongue. Not overly filling.. again, drinkability only knocked down because a little attention needs to be paid to the serving... and pouring from a 22oz bomber conceivably into lowball glasses or snifters... well, anyone have another bottle?

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2007 16:10:16 | More by errantnight
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber from the 2010 vintage pours a medium copper color with a cap of tiny-bubbled tan head. Retention pretty good, lacing not so much.

Piney, juicy, tropical and oozing caramel. Just dripping with malt and hops, the cool thing about the aroma is the balance and heft of the two battling for ultimate supremacy...sorry had to get my Wu-Tang quote on.

Taste somehow seems smoother than the ABV and hoppiness would indicate. It is sweet. And it definitely is bitter. Big beer, syrupy and clingy and the lupulin glands seem to make permanent residence in the pockets of my tastebuds. Resinous finish lingers longer than any beer I can remember. Mouthfeel is full till it's spillin, but damn, it is easy to drink! I like this better than regular bastard, easily. I could see this aging well, but I like it rough and leafy right now. Fun ride and really not all that difficult to polish of the bomber by myself, surprisingly. Well done Stone, well done...I have not had a beer this strong and so good in quite some time.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 01:10:43 | More by twiggamortis420
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Lexluthor33

New York

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz. bomber that had the creepy looking label which reminds the buyer that this brew could be too much MACHO for most men. The appearance is reddish- copper brown but not too dark a brown. The head is decent sized and settles to a sticky lace.
The aroma has a bite of it's own as one can detect malts,caramel,hops and spicy alcohol. The taste is so complex for me so I will try my best to describe this awesome brew.

It is piney and sweet,but the malts blend so well with the hops. The fruit flavors are popping with a looming alcohol presence.The beer is spicy but not so much to classify it a spicy beer and roasted malts seem to keep things in check.
There is a hint of bitterness too, yet I believe this improves the finish. The feel to this brew would be medium body with a smooth,crisp yet creamy finish. One can not ignore the after taste of hops,bitter and sugar on the tongue.
The alcohol does spring to life as it warms.
The beer is exceptional but nothing to be afraid of. Simply respect it and realize that it can get to you quite suddenly.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 18:38:18 | More by Lexluthor33
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BringusKilkenney

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Has a nice brown color with a slight off white head. When held to the light has a nice golden brown color.

Has a decent smell this is probably the only weak point of the brew. Hops and carmel and some slight fruits but the overwhelming smell is alcohol.

The taste is the best part for me. Definite hop bitterness followed by wonderful sweet caramel. Can pick up just a bit of citrus as with most ipa brews. I immensely enjoy the burnt toast aftertaste along with the dry hop flavor it leaves.

Mouthfeel is great smooth and light with a bit of carbonation. Despite the alcohol content i could drink this stuff all day and enjoy all of it. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a double ipa. drink up and enjoy

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 21:23:28 | More by BringusKilkenney
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RunDWP

California

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If just one Bastard isn't enough, here's Double Bastard.

What's wrong here? I expected this to punch me in the mouth with a bunch of strong flavors and alcohol. After a long tough week, I was ready for a beer to completely knock me out, so to speak. So I crack this one open and what happens? This Double Bastard SOB caressed my palate, sang a lullaby my taste buds, danced the waltz with my tongue, or whatever silly metaphor you want to use. This stuff was lovely.

Not that it didn't have strong flavors. It kicks in with plenty of caramel malt, with a woody, earthy flavor that has some maple and bourbon. Hard to really identify the flavor notes, but it was all good. It finishes with a balanced resin-like hops. As it warms, the flavor balance changes, but the great news is that the flavor simply changes, the brew doesn't start tasting odd or going out of whack. That simply added to the enjoyment.

At 10.5%, you can taste the alcohol. Frankly, if you couldn't taste some alcohol in a brew called Double Bastard, something would definitely be wrong.

Looked great in my tulip, pouring a deep, copper brown color and a sturdy, foamy tan head, and lots of sheeting action on the glass. Little weak in the aroma department, I just wasn't picking up much besides a little woody earthiness.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: These brews works when the strong flavors are blended and balanced skillfully and with care.

A next time I've had a hard week and just need to get popped in the mouth, I'm going down to my local liquor store and pick up a 40 ouncer of the cheapest malt liquor I can find.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 15:33:04 | More by RunDWP
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Into a tulip glass, pours a beautiful crimson, lots of off-white head, starting off at a solid inch and settling to a thick film, lacing all over the place, cascades in sheets and bubbles. Absolutely marvelous. The aroma is full of sweets, fruits, warm alcohol.... yikes, this bodes well.

Aaaannndd, the taste. Yikes. These guys can brew a ridiculous beer. This thing is fantastic. The "i can't think how it could possibly be better" type fantastic. Its the kind of beer that defines what Stone does, and that is... create strong, hefty beers, enormously hopped but loaded with sweet malts, a smooth, full body with all kinds of stuff going on. Clearly, this isn't the ballsiest beer they offer, but its kind of the flagship beer, its what they do, and what they do is a beautiful thing.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2007 02:15:53 | More by objectivemonkey
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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