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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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6,164 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,164
Reviews: 2,042
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 422
Gots: 1,045 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Photo of TinusTime
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2001 model tasted.

Poured a ruby brown with a wisp of a head. Smells of dark pit fruits and vanilla and a bit of dark hatian rum. Taste echos the smell.. Definately the taste of fruit in Cuban or Hatian dark rum.. Some woody notes as well.. Tasty but alcohol noticable. minimal evervecence. Could drink one and then its over. I need to try this again to give a complete report. But this is definately a belly warmer. Good stuff, but not sure its worth the huge rating. Perhaps the 3 years in the bottle mellowed this thing out as i didnt taste the hoppyness that others have.. Tasted much more like a belgian ale than a hoppy old ale.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Whole Foods on Houston St. this past week since it's the only beer on the Top 100 of the United States that I hadn't tried *and* could find in my neck of the woods. This one had the appearance that it would pack a punch and sure enough, it did. That being said, this was a fabulous beer that took just a bit of adjusting to since it certainly put the "strong" into Strong Ale!

Solid pour to this even though the vibrant brown hue was just a bit darker than I imagined. Nice frothiness to this too but the lacing didn't quite match up to it. As others have alluded to on here, this tasted and felt like a Barleywine once I sampled some but the subtly overpowering citrus and pine-flavored hops reminded me that this has a lot more bite to it than that. It even smelled a bit like alcohol but in no way did it detract from the mouthfeel or the smooth aftertaste that had a very dry-hopped feel to it.

Not a session beer by any stretch of the imagination but this is good enough that one person could down the whole bottle. That's only because the taste is addicting and can overcome the strong aspect of this beer. You might be seeing double once the bottom of the bottle is reached but it's worth it - this beer deserves it's standing in the Top 100 for good reason!

Photo of caminiti
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An outstandingly bitter beer for an outstandingly bitter man. This is, as advertised, very bitter. Pours with a small head that quickly goes away, bark orange in color. Tastes of nothing but lipsmacking bitterness, making you want to take another sip right away. Nice thing is, it is generally easily available in the Albany area, so no need to stockpile, and tastes great while fresh.

Photo of tjkinate
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It has been a well overdue, but finally I got around to drinking Stone's Double Bastard Ale. I love stone and Arrogant Bastard was my first beer from them, but after tasting their year round brews I just kinda forgot to go back and try this one. Big mistake on my part.

A: DEEP amber color, almost looking thick and creamy leaving the bottle. It had a one finger head atop a traditional pint glass with minor lacing and low carbonation.

S: Incredible smelling brew, almost entirely composed of sweet malts. The high alcohol was also prevalent with undertones of what seemed to be caramel or toffee.

T: Sweet, almost entirely carmel flavored at first, quickly followed by that signature Bastard hop bitterness. The bitterness resonates primarily from the rear of your tongue and doesn't diminish quickly.

M: Coats your entire mouth and gives your gums a tingle almost describable as burning.

O: Exceptional beer, among the greatest I have ever tasted, I suggest you go out and grab a bomber NOW if you haven't experienced this beer already.

Photo of livfastdrivfast
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of nvsblman
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear reddish copper color with about a finger of off-white head. Really great aroma, caramel and toffee stand out the most, but there's also a good amout of chocolate and brown sugar. Nice piney hop aroma too. Really sweet with a strong bitter finish. Amazingly flavorful, reflecting all the aroma and some fruit as well. Medium bodied and well carbonated. The alcohol is hidden well, but it can catch up to you in a hurry!

Photo of oakbluff
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aquired via trade with Hogtown Harry. I've been wanting to get my hands on this for a long time, so I am very excited! Pours out quite dark and cloudier than the regular ABA. Nose is hops, hops and more hops. First sip- wow. Its like getting hit in the head with a shovel. You scrape yourself off the floor and ask for more. One of the most bitter beers I've had. Booze tast is fairly evident and it has quite a dry finish. Its tough to describe the malt due to the massive hop bill. I would love to get my hands on more of these- however this is the poster child of 'enjoy in moderation'!

Photo of Bmftbl8
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Jakeonaplane
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of hardy008
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown color with a light tan head which recedes quickly. Smells of sweet caramel malt, booze, also some subdued hops. The taste is dominated by the malt which surprises me, but it makes no difference. Very good.

Full bodied, sweet with a somewhat bitter aftertaste, as the hops make their presence known. Decent carbonation, and it finishes dry. A nice drinkable brew.

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LukeK
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of warriorsoul
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark rust color...quite cloudy.
Head is a full finger of light tan head...thick, sudsy lace that has awesome cling to the side of my tulip glass.
Aroma is a subtle malty sweetness...raisins and hops w/ just a faint hint of alcohol.
Taste in very enjoyable..a thick malty goodness w/ a huge hop presence. Alcohol is well hidden in this brew. Mainly rum raisin and cherries in its flavor.
Mouthfeel is thick and the carbonation is spot on for its style.
Drinkability is great for 10%...this bomber will be gone in no time.
Thanks to JackStraw22 for the push to pull this one out from the cellar.

Photo of aepb1
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Red-brown body with a nice white head and good lacing

S- Caramel malts, sweet fruits too

T- Sweet malty dark fruits. A big beer! Finishes with a nice hop bitterness. Great, full, balanced flavor

M- Full-bodied, creamy

D- A very big enjoyable beer

Photo of ShrLSU
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A deep amber color with a thin tan halo of head, which disapates to nothing. Heavy lacing on the edges as you would expect with 10% ABV.

S - A sweet maltiness and caramel on the first smell. The second left some hop notes, maybe some fruity, and a touch of woodiness. A nice strong alcohol whisp that stings the nostrils.

T - Wow like a quick jab from Pretty Boy Floyd...Malts are right there with some sweetness and rich caramel flavor. Back comes a hook with some citrus but bitter hops, and the alchohol brings the upper cut to pulverize the tongue to the mat. Damn so much going on here, but the balance is nice.

M - Well carbonated to lighten up a heavy hitter.
It feels heavy in the mouth, almost creamy and chewy to some extent.

D - Bitter and potent but its very drinkable. It's a tough customer and you won't be slugging this one back in any short time. Enjoy this beer in moderation and be thankful when you see the end of the glass. It's a treat but damn its potent and drinkabale.

Photo of Kromes
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A clear dark amber/red color with a thick tan colored head. Sheets of lacing down the glass.

S: Caramel malts and Citrus hops dominate the aroma.

T: A very large citrus hop flavor that is backed up by sweet caramel malt. There is a nice caramel flavor in the finish along with an alcohol flavor and burn. The beer changes flavor nicely as it warms.

M: A heavy body with a somewhat thick syrupy feel to it. Sort of oily and smooth. The finish is bitter but doesn't leave the mouth too dry.

O: A very drinkable beer with very high ABV. Don't know how they managed that. This is a dangerous one.

Photo of Arenbeer
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz 2009 vintage into a snifter glass.

A- Pours like liquid mud. Murky dark cloudy cloudy brown with a thin 1 finger off white khaki head that dissipates almost immediately.

S- Strong caramel malts, piny hops, and a strong boozy presence that really isn't to bad for 10 +.

T- Brutal caramel malts that blend well with the strong hop presence still alive in this bottle. Unlike the smell the booze rip the tongue apart along with the hops creating a crazy and strong mouthfeel.

M- Full bodied with moderate to lower carbonation and a crazy bitter finish that destroy's the tongue. In a good way of course.

Overall, i recommend trying the regular bastard first to warm up to this. Especially if your not used to strong ales. Would also love to throw one in the cellar for a good 5 years and try it then. See how this bad boy matures.


Photo of cbutova
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a brilliant amber/copper color, almost red, I poured this on my deck and with the light hitting it it looked almost fluorescent. Semi-opaque, pouring out of the bottle it looks thick. Produces a thin layer of tan head that quickly shrinks to a thin film. The bottle is also the most abusive one I've yet seen from Stone Brewing, and possibly the only one I've ever seen that has the words "masturbatory" and "line 'em up against the wall" printed on it.

S- Fruit, sweet malts and then alcohol, lots and lots of powerful, rum-like, semi-sweet alcohol.

T- There's just so much going on with the flavor on this beer. It's very sweet, with lots of sweet and warming alcohol, spice, giant fruits, and caramel, but the hop flavors (pine, citrus, hop oil) and malts are also huge and help keep everything balanced.

M- Medium to full bodied, thick, palate-coating feel that is kept in check with great carbonation.

O- An incredible beer and packed with intense, aggressive flavor. Exercise caution, this stuff is pretty easy to drink and the 11.20% ABV can sneak up on you.

Photo of MikeM40
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An easy pour into a Duvel tulip from a 22 oz. bomber produces a medium foamy off white head and ample carbonation. The beer is a deep carmel color...and looks delicious. The nose is incredibly fruity,sweet citrus and plums,apricots,and dark fruit with hints of sweet apples are all present. This beer smells delicious. The mouthfeel is medium and seems just right for this brew. The first sip reveals bitter hops up front which give way to a complex variety of fruits,both citrus and dark fruits and this beer does a great job balancing all of the flavors. The taste does not have the sweetness that the smell implies,there is deep bitterness that runs through this beer but somehow a slight sweetness remains on the tongue. The finish is a lingering hoppy bitterness. This beer also does a great job masking it's high ABV.

Photo of Weissenheimer
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This pint is beautiful. The light gives it a wonderful, lambent coppery caramel appearance. Lots of little bubbles slowly ascend to the foamy marshmallow fluff fawn head. I take a sniff. My fear that this would be "like Arrogant Bastard, but moreso" were unfounded. The scent doesn't even remind me of Bastard except for the citrus constituent, and even that is not immediately detectable. The smell is sharply hoppy with a sweet citrus overtone.

I take a taste, and... Mmmm. This is much more balanced than Bastard. It's tasty, astringent, woody, and malty, with plenty of molasses and a hint of smoke. It's really impressively complex, and with each sip I become more amazed at the elaborate and languorous progression of flavors. First comes a malty, woody, slighty smoky taste. Then I get a wave of citrus which reconfigures itself into a hoppy bitterness. After that comes a scorched, ashy phase and finally a tart, bitter finish which lasts well over thirty seconds. Yes, I was actually so impressed with the taste progression that I timed it.

This beer has certain qualities of Belgians, most noteably a marked complexity. However, it's most definitely its own animal, and unmistakably American. I'll be getting more of this.

Photo of DPFRD
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

A- Dark but not opaque, coffee colored head. Turbid with all kinds of awesomeness.

S- Roasted and sweet malts, piney hops.

T- Incredible, it is double the bastard. Roasty and malty, with a juggernaut hop presence. Very complex, some dry bitterness to it. Taste like a bastard, but only better.

M- Medium to heavy.

D- So good. I couldn't stop lapping this one up... I love the bastard and this is even better. Seems to be more small scale and the attention to detail on this brew is out of sight.

If aged, it will blow your mind, trust me.

Photo of scottfrie
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 3 liter bottle with some age on it into Gulden Draak tulip. Split with mjyoung.

A: Pours a rich dark cherry red with a bubbly light brown head that slowly receded into a thick film that left a web of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Notes of dark fruits, figs, black cherries, and caramel malt. Slight alcohol vapor and piney hop undertones.
T: Very fruity. Notes of raisins, cherries, black pepper, toasted and roasted malt flavors. Bitterness is strong but not crazy, and has a touch of grapefruit to it. Finish has notes of dark chocolate.
M: Smooth and slightly sticky with low creamy carbonation and a full, rich body. Alcohol is present in the finish and warms the throat nicely.
D: Do I really need to express the drinkability of this beer after I had 1.5 liters of it? This went great with the 12 hour Lord of the Rings marathon I watched while drinking it. Tastes a lot like a barleywine. Very sweet , alcoholic and fruity. Tastes great at room temp and in large quantities ;)

EDIT: Had a fresh 22oz bottle in 2010 and it's more hoppy fresh, but just as potent and aggressive. An extremely flavorful and drinkable beer.

Photo of Moose90
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz Bomber
Bottled 10.19.12
Tasted 03.14.13

A – Vivid translucent dark copper color. Head is light brown and tall, though it does recede to a thin sticky layer that leaves behind great lacing.

S – Nothing too crazy. Quite alcoholic and sweet. Big boozy notes. Underneath it all it comes across as a barleywine; dried dark fruits, brown sugar.

T – Bright and hoppy initially, but the malt sweetness abounds and dominates. Lots of pine, not fresh, but old and resinous. Flavors are strongly bitter and do linger on the palate, there is somehow a nice balance here between sweet and hops, the hops are not fresh, but they do bring a nice, cutting dryness to the table.

M – Thick, drinks like a stout, more alcohol comes through here. It has a lingering and lasting finish.

O – This is one hell of a beer, quite strong, and 22oz in a sitting is more than enough. The label writing on the back is on the spot. This is a brew worth seeking out, it is seriously boozy and astringent. This is bar none the best warming beer ever, when Stone releases this in the winter as a pick me up (and kick your ass) beer, it is an experience, this beer is great fresh, and only gets better with age. I will seek this out in the future. This beer is greater than the sum of its parts.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught poured into a pint glass at Shady McGrady's in Harrisburg

A-dark amber color, hazy in clarity, light khaki head

S-sweet caramel malt nose with a piney hop resign note

T-big and bold with all its flavors, caramel malt in there, pine resign flavors, some citrus and bitter hops towards the finish

M-slightly syrupy, smooth and full body with a nice warming from the alcohol

D-so much flavor that I love to drink it. As long as it has big flavor I give it 2 thumbs up. Can't drink a lot bc I'd black out...again. I would drink it until I woke up not knowing I stopped!

Trying a 2004 Bottle, today's date is 3/27/2010. Probably past its prime but lets see what happens.

A-pours a hazy ruby red colored beer with hues of orange shining through. the head is a light tan, almost just off white. no retention but a good lace is left on the glass

S-the nose is still pretty big and comes through with big time sweet malts. tons of caramel and brown sugar. Some dark fruits, raisin and prunes, with notes of rum.

T-hmmm, the booze is actually still slightly present but much more mellow and doesn't bring any of the heat. very sweet, big time caramel, pine, lots of carmalized brown sugar. The back has some dark fruits, prunes and raisins, notes of rum. A touch of chocolate and toffee. There is still a hop presence in the back bringing a light citric taste and touch of bitterness.

M-so syrupy, this is thick and coats the mouth. the carbonation is extremely low but still present after all these years. smooth on the palate.

Notes-put it up next to an 09 and there is virtually no difference. I think the malt may have added some very faint notes of chocolate; but honestly I don't think I could pick out which was which.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,164 ratings.