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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,857 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,857
Reviews: 1,998
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 376
Gots: 851 | FT: 28
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 RedBrewer83
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip...

A; Pours a dark amber hue with hints of red and a head that comes to about two fingers, creamy tan in appearance and creamy with pretty good lacing.

S: Pine and citrus hops dominate the nose with a little caramel malt and yeast lingering in the background. A hint of alcohol as well that comes through in the end.

T: Caramel malt upfront with piney citrus hops sticking to the mid palate and hanging on through the finish. Vanilla and a little honey round out the finish of this beer making it very smooth and easy drinking. This beer has a nice breadiness about it as well that provides nice body and a nice roundness of flavor as well. Not overly complicated in flavor, pretty straightforward, but very good in what it is and what it sets out to be.

M: Nearly perfect, exactly what I would want and expect from Stone and from a beer of this abv. Carbonated just enough so that it gives your tongue a slight tingle, but not too much that it gets in the way of the flavor profile. Wonderful!

D: Quite drinkable for a 10.5% strong ale, went down a little too quick actually, and hits pretty hard but very drinkable and smooth for being such a high abv ale. Overall, this is quite a delicious beer that I will be sure to revisit and lay down for future tastings!

RedBrewer83, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of supercolter
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is very good, nice sized head and a good amount of lacing that sticks around the whole way down. Smell is weaker than expected, a hoppy and maltier Killians to most. Nice taste- hops quickly disapate the malt flavor. There is a bit of dry fruit and some alcohol. Mouthfeel is very good- medium to heavy in body.
Drinkability for this Abv is out of this world.

supercolter, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of bewley
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 Release.

Woa! Nice, very nice.

I usually don't notice the abv % before drinking a beer, so this one really crept up on me in a most pleasant way. I was just about finished reading the label's "diatribe" when I thought, 'This is better than I thought when I first tasted it a few minutes before.' So, I looked at the label for the abv and saw the 10% and said, "Oh, this is pretty good. I want another."

Thanks for sharing.

bewley, Jan 21, 2004
Photo of brandon0350
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage poured into Duvel Tulip

A: Pours a dark brown, when held up to light you can see some red shine through, very good beige colored head

S: smell is good, picking up carmel, vanilla, maybe a little chocolate undertones?

T: wow, 2 years of aging did this brew good, lost all the boozyness, hops are toned down, definatly can taste carmel and vanilla, this is delicious

M: good body, not to thick, once again the aging helped with this bad boy

O: my favorite offering from stone is so much better with age, will definatly be saving more bottles

brandon0350, May 24, 2011
Photo of Lupe
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A tight, sticky, beige head sits atop the beautiful mahogany colored liquid and leaves behind wonderful lacing.

The aroma acts as a warning of what is to come. Citrus comes first with grapefruit and pineapple, followed by fresh pine. Next inviting scents of toffee and caramel maltiness let you know things will be alright. Then the smell of alcohol mocks you now that you're drawn in.

Flavor is very complex. Begins very smooth and creamy. Toffee, burnt sugar, fruits, and caramel kick things off. Toasted malt follows and then the tounge gets a lashing. Grapefruit and piney hops takeover allowing an earthy-woodiness to settle in the backround. Then comes the alcohol to say its peace as it warms the belly and lets you know the rollercoaster ride of flavor is over.

Full-bodied and creamy with mild carbonation. Drinkability takes a hit due to the richness and high alcohol of the brew.

This is a huge beer that is amazingly balanced for something that can be so malty and so hoppy at different times. The flavors tease each other to make something menacingly delicious. It smacks you around as you ask for more. Cheers to the Bastard!

Thanks to Jeff (brewmesum) for making this experience possible.

Lupe, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of Pegasus
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear medium copper color, with a small off-white head, which retains well.

Aroma: Very sweet caramel aroma with a mild note of aromatic hops.

Taste: Intensely, almost cloyingly sweet caramel taste, with secondary notes of brown sugar, molasses, dark fruit, moderated but not subdued by an undercurrent of metallic and medicinal hops, which finally overcome the plethora of sweet flavors and then fade away.

Mouth feel: Very rich, smooth, and full, velvety, with just a hint of soft carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: An utterly superb dessert beer, to be shared with friends. Double Bastard compares favorably to brandy or cognac, in my opinion. In my own estimation, a bomber of this is a bit much for a single person, both because of its alcoholic content and its richness.

Many thanks to Beer Czar Rick for generously sharing this excellent beer.

Pegasus, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow, 976 reviews as of this posting. ever feel like you were late to the party? It's big, brass, hoppy but not over bitter or over boozy. With all that said, there's a balance which I enjoyed from start to finish. It's a great example of an american strong ale. worth a try if you're late to the party like me.

barleywinebrewer, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of cbutova
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi murky red with half finger head that doesnt retain too well and leaves no lacing, could be the bar glasses. Smell is surprisingly weak in strength, just some hops and malts. Taste makes me remeber the last time I had this fresh. The best possible balance of piney hops, malts, sweets and alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is also nice, medium-heavy with creaminess and good appropriate carbonation. Nice amount of alcohol warming. Drinkability is good. The hop and alcohol will kill this one after a while, Double Bastard is great.

cbutova, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of bierkoning
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber (what's with 22oz btw?)

A - Dark amber, honey colored. A little cloudy and brownish. 1.5 fingers of nice cream colored head

S - Delicious (i've never been good at picking out scents) though i can smell some of the alcohol.

T - Very good! Smooth caramel, some lemon? Hops that bite back. a little alcohol on the back end, probably from the 11.2% ABV

M - smooth, consistent carbonation, tight and delightful.

D - Decent. Don't get me wrong, fantastic beer, but with the high ABV this is definitely not a session beer and the hops are so strong they decimate your palate.

Very true to it's style, with is very important in my book.

Pair with a strong cheese for a wonderful night! It went especially well with my hard aged Asiago!


bierkoning, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of ppoitras
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle obtained via trade with Pisskynights. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1 1/2" of tan head over the clear deeply copper brew. Head is resilient, long-lasting, and laces amazingly, with solid foam being left down the side as the head recedes. Aroma is the solid, sweet scent common to most strong ales, tending towards a bit of fruitiness if one can bypass the obvious alcohol presence. Taste is, as expected sweetly malty, but well contrasted by the strong hops presence, which almost seem to provide a grainy feel to the tongue, they are so strongly present. Mouthfeel is great for the style, and drinkability is good, although I fear eventually the malt sweetness might get a bit tiring. An excellent strong ale.

ppoitras, Jul 02, 2004
Photo of cameraman
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark reddish brown color, off creamy head form, the head laces very well. A incredible aroma of hops comes through with citrus and earthy scents. The taste is intense, some malt comes in right at the beginning , then the hops begin their assault on your taste buds. The hops come through predominantly the citrus flavors come through. In the mouth it is heavy and rich, slightly chewy, but coats the mouth wondefully. This beer is much like the other bastard, AGRESSIVE! The tatste is very intense, and would be be defined as a "big beer".

cameraman, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of karst
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh 750ml bomber - no freshness dates.
Deep redish copper with light tanish creamy head with good retention and some lace.

Fruit aroma well blended alcohol, malt and pine hops.

Extremely sweet taste follows fullbody. Complex flavor (improving as it warms
) of caramel, burnt sugar, chocolate, pineapple, deep penetrating alcohol, citrus and pine. Dry finish with burnt aftertaste overcomming the sweetness.

Very drinakble for a 10% abv, consider it a barleywine, drink safely.

Thanks Joe hope you enjoyed the Hop Rod I brought over on brew day "here is to us" and the doomesday brew machine that we constructed.

karst, May 16, 2005
Photo of ojiikun
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found on draft at the strong beer fest at Collins in Seattle. Presumed to be the most recent vintage.

Served in a 10oz stubby wine glass, the body is dark, muddy brown with near zero head. There's a loose ring of bubbles on the edge of the glass and a bit of doily lace on the surface.

Smell is of citrus zest and white sugar. Light caramel notes appear as things warm up. The first wave reminds me raspberry preserves.

Sweet! Tons of candied hops and lots of blonde malts. Alcohol doesn't even remotely try to hide, but this is used to good effect as would be expected in a Brandy or Cognac. Hops manage to be tart rather than sour or bitter. Early finish is of very unripe green apple skins and is trailed by a somewhat leathery and minty cocoa.

Clean on the lips but heavy on the throat, this brew needs more bubbles! The saving grace here is a total lack of bitters. For it's gravity and hop profile, this is quite drinkable. Too drinkable. I love it.

ojiikun, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of jaxon53
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to jasnm for sending me this bottle in the JBIF. 2006 vintage. Served at just about cellar temperature, into a snifter, from a twenty two ounce bottle. Poured out a somewhat thick amber brown color that was quite hazy. A pretty vigorous pour yielded about two fingers of thick, frothy, off-white head that had decent retention. A little bit of sticky lace was left behind in the glass. The nose was loaded with strong aromas. Tons of alcohol up front, followed by the hops, sweet malt, rum soaked raisins and cherries, and just a bit of plum. The nose is definitely dominated by alcohol and dark fruits. The flavor is quite extreme as well. Dark fruits, caramel, hops, and maybe a touch of chocolate in there. A nice malt presence as well. Finishes a bit dry, with a smooth ten percent alcohol burn with little carbonation. The alcohol really stands out in this one. Seems pretty well balanced for the beast that it is. Has a full bodied, thick, syrupy mouthfeel that goes down like a good throat coating cough medicine. It's definitely a sipper but a damn good one. Two thumbs up to Stone Brewing for another awesome yet enormous brew.

jaxon53, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of flexabull
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage

I have been fortunate to receive a few bottles of this in some BIFs lately. Thanks everyone!

Pours a dark copper color with a nice looking head.

Aromas are a bit spicey, mineral like, some stewed fruits, and a touch of pine from the hops.

Flavors are of subtle dark fruits up front, with a touch of spiciness. Beer then settles into flavors of sharp alcohol and bitter hops. The finish is tangy and tart. I have to smack my lips after tasting, good stuff!

Mouthfeel is excellent. This is very well rounded, and fills your mouth nicely. It is really obvious on just the first sip.

Drinkability is surprising excellent for such a big beer. It is a pretty easy beer to drink, especially with an ABV of 10%.

flexabull, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of One2Remeber
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber/orange hue body. Light khaki head, as dense as could be, sticky. More transparent but still cloudy.

S: Dark candied caramel, toffee, citrus/lemon. Strawberry fruit roll-up. Earthy perfume undertones.

T/M: Red candy licorice, overbearingly sweet. Clean and pronounced flavors. Mouth feel is creamy and soft which offsets the alcohol burn left over. If I did not drink so many hop bombs I would say this is hop forward. Malts and hops shine at different times.

O: Big boy drink only deserving to sip till it warms to room temperature. This beer will tell you what Stone brewing company is all about in a nutshell. Extreme flavors, unique style and satisfies all kinds of beer nerds. Combination of AV Boont Amber Ale, SN Big Foot Barleywine and Stone IPA.

One2Remeber, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of cvm4
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage

A - Pours a cloudy copper or a hazy amber. Off white billowing head.

S - Caramel or brown sugar, pine and sweet malts. Lots of flavors on the nose.

T - Bready malts that are slightly sweet, burnt caramel (but not too much), some bitter hops and sweet, somewhat boozy ending.

M - Smooth and creamy, medium carbonation. Very well done here.

O - I'm not one for a huge malt bomb but this beer is very gooda!

cvm4, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of goblue3509
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep ruby color with a two finger head which stays at a skim and gives way to gobs of lacing up and down the glass. The nose is of caramel malt and other sweet malts with a citrus hop bite. The taste is of a nice sweetness but not overly sweet, caramel malts, toffee, and a little breadiness. At the backend there is a nice citrus hop bite that bring great balance. The mouthfeel is slightly carbonated and a little creamy. The drinkability is great, there is no presence of the high alcohol, great balance of alcohol to flavors. The flavors are also balanced greatly, and overall great beer.

goblue3509, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle chilled and poured into my oversize wine glass

A: Gorgeous deep ruby red with a frothy and lacy head

S: Potent. Hoppy with a blast of pineapple up front. Well balanced with the malt backbone coming through. Dried figs, maybe? Just a hint of alcohol as it warms up

T: A blast of piney hops that is ridiculously well-balanced. The malt backbone reveals tons of caramel and sweetness. There's hints of dark raisins and dried figs in there. The finish is long and bitter.

M: Silky smooth with the right amount of carbonation.

D: Something this strong and so tasty has to approached with care. This is definitely a sipper disguised as a quaffer.


**Edit 29 Nov 2011**
It's been 3 years since my review, and while I haven't drunk as much of this beer as I thought I would, I still remain very impressed with it. I'm taking my scores down to better reflect the changes in my palate. However, the succulent, juicy blend of hops with pine, pineapple and grapefruit with dark caramel, a little cocoa and a mild sweetness. The flavors on the palate are the same as the nose would suggest, and while this is boozy, this never gets overbearing. The alcohol does hinder the drinkability, but split two ways, this is perfect.

DefenCorps, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a pretty amberish brown. Brackish murky body. That being said, not many if any floaties upon holding up to a light, just a slight fine silt-like haze. Looks more like a cider than a beer, really. A very dignified body, overall. Head is rather unimpressively non-existent, but the lacing clings to the class in a pretty fine brown mist, leaving a trial of dots. This beer is pretty, but not particularly a highlight.

Smell: Holy mackerel hops. Pine pine pine pine pine. Lemon lemon lemon lemon lemon. Pine pine pine pine pine. Sorry. The hop aroma coming off of this one does have that effect on you, however. Amazing stuff. Normally, even in DIPA's and IPA's, pine aromas tend to be less distinguishable from citrus aromas for me, and the citrus aromas emitted tend to be more orange or grapefruit-like than light spritz of lemon. Here, however, the pine is obvious and assertive, and the lemon I seem to be picking up may just be the pine manifesting itself so completely it confuses my olfactory capabilities. Under that is a definite layer of cinnamon, a strong slap of alcohol, a hint of apple, and some date. Very warming, cozy stuff, and overall an incredible aroma.

Taste: Cinnamon, apple, and date seem to assert themselves up front with piney lemoney hops close behind. Hop bitterness. A little chocolate, maple syrup. Oh and boy alcohol alcohol alcohol. A very "hot" beer, indeed. Travels through your nostrils and warms up one's throat. It's a good "hot," though, and appropriate for the chilly time of year of this brew's anual release. A little vinous, almost champagne like. Still, the taste is, in my opinion, less forceful than the aroma. The flavors tend to loose themselves in a general cinnamony-alcoholic haze at times.

Mouthfeel: I've become aware lately that many great beers with otherwise great attributes tend to fall short in mouthfeel. Either under-carbonated orover-carbonated, usually. This one is just right in that respect. Otherwise very oily and slick.

Drinkability: Great stuff. The alcoholic warming effect is just right for the time of year, and the nose is pretty much perfect. Really should be classified as an American Barleywine, in my opinion, however.

RidiculedDisplay, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of dmarch
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those beers that I could just feel is going to be good even before opening it. Pours a dark ruby color and has a well retained head. Aroma is big on malt and big on hops. I think it's safe to say this is a big beer. Initial tast is of butterscotch before the hops and alcohol kick in. This is certaintly among my top beers.

dmarch, Apr 10, 2003
Photo of mcallister
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What we have here is Double Bastard '06 vintage served at Boston's Bistro specially for the arrival of Greg Koch!

Not sure why I have never reviewed this beer before for some odd reason, yet there is a first for everything. So here goes:

Pours a deep russet nearly opaque in stature. Lightens at the tips to a deep scarlet/orange. Head is full, bordering on tan and creamy as hell. Retention considering age and ABV is stunning. After five minutes the head is still at full formation.

Brown sugar, toffee, and maple aromas lead way into a floral, piney hop aromatic. A bit of earth and fresh fig, with a nutty sweet aroma. Some bitter cocoa as well with what may be mollasses.

Amazing what aging does to this beer. Things are brought together as one and meld like no other. The hops have succumbed enough to let the malt breath life into this beer. The mouth is big, chewy, wet, and puckering. Finish is long, very long and hides nothing.

There are some hints of alcohol but nothing discouraging. An abundance of brown sugar coated toffee malt, with caramel and maple blend seamlessly with a floral, piney hop that shows a bit of citrus on the finish. Fig, dried berries, and mixed nuts bring things to fruition. Just an overall great beer.

mcallister, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of JamisonM
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Stone IPA glass

A: not at all clear hazy for sure, light tan head and a nice dark amber color

S: caramel malts with plum and the hops are there in the back ground kind of smells like a barley wine.

T: malts hit first a nice big kick of sweetness then comes in the hops its an all and all out a assault on the tongue so much flavor its mind blowing

M: med to heavy mouth it kind of clings and sticks to your mouth even after you swallow

D: drinkable only if you love big flavor

overall: a enjoyable beer that has huge flavor and huge everything about this beer is huge cheers to stone for going all out you can tell its not a cheap beer to make.

JamisonM, May 10, 2010
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4.4/5  rDev +3%

Hetlegioen512, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of swanmann
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured deep dark amber with ruby tones, an inch and a half of orange hued, tan head, settling into definite lacing. The aromas are earthy with alcoholic notes; definitely malty chocolate roasts, with florals buried in the alcohol. Yum. The flavor is well balanced. Chocolate plus hoppy bitterness. The body is fairly chewy and holds up to carbonation well. If only I'd know what I had been missing...

swanmann, Dec 05, 2008
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,857 ratings.