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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 2,045
Hads: 6,369
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 19.25%
Wants: 469
Gots: 1,189 | FT: 39
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Photo of mr-jj
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 9/3/15. Poured into a snifter from a 22 oz bottle.

Color is amber with a fluffy white head. Good retention and lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is very good - tropical hop juiciness and rich malts. Taste is really good - definitely a double bastard. Really smooth with a great balance of alcohol, malts, and hops. Mouthfeel is medium/full with moderate carbonation. Very delicious.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had a 22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass. The color is a burnt amber color with brown / hazelnut under tones. A thin head on the beer once poured that disapaited quickly. The taste had a bit of bitter almost sour notes to balance out the citrus hops and burnt malts.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice head, very dark orange color. Smells like honey & hops. I wasn't expecting sweetness (based on its name). Has a slightly bitter aftertaste, some citrus & cereal, nicely balanced. No alcohol flavor detected. Excellent!

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Photo of BrotherDylan
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 from a Double Bastard Whiskey glass

Sound: The beer sounded like a gentle, rolling stream of bubbles. Small waterfall-esc. (In honor of Fred Eckhardt)

Appearance: Slight haze from proteins that fell out of suspension over the 5 years of aging. Beautiful deep amber orange glow

Aroma: Roses, with peaches and cream. Carmel and burnt molasses. Sourdough bread.

Taste: The beast has mellowed beautifully in both body and maltiness. The bittering hops still leave this beer with a firm bite. The alcohol heat is gone.
It is juicy, slightly sweet, and it finishes bitter. Probably past its peak but still great.

Mouthfeel: On the thinner side from a big beer like this. The age shows in the mouthfeel but it still has a stickiness to it.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: brilliant deep amber to light chestnut, 1” off-white head dissipates to thick ¼” film S: T: starts malty and creamy and then introduces a heavy dose of hops that bring some citrus rind to balance out the malt. More flavor than bitter comes from the hops, but the hop dosage is generous and a lingering hop bitterness balances the malt and the alcohol. Caramel, toffee and cola notes. F: very creamy Medium full body to chewy, medium to medium low carbonation. O: This is an elixir that you might drink instead of a gin and tonic.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler into pint glass. Pours a clear, beautiful dark amber, with a thin off-white head. Pretty minimal carbonation. Malt and hops are well-balanced. First impression is malt sweetness and sticky feel, followed by citrus and resinous hops. Hops win the durability contest, lingering on the back of the tongue. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, but it's definitely there.

This is not a subtle brew. Quite drinkable, though. Preferable to Stone's last few "Enjoy By's", IMHO.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark amber with a small head.
Nose shows sweet malt, spicy and resinous hops, caramel and sultanas.
Flavours are equally spicy and herbal with heaps more malt following through afterwards alongside a bit of booze.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.69/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, red brown with a small, filmy head and no retention.

S: Caramel, light citrus, bread pudding and raisins

T: A chewy beer, walking a middle ground between Barleywine, IIPA, and Belgian Strong/Quad (in fruity character, not other esters). Lots of rich malts and moderate hop bitterness in the mid-palate, but not in the finish.

F: Heavy body, medium carbonation. Moderate linger.

O: One of those dangerously drinkable big beers. Not too sweet, not too bitter, just a hint of alcohol bite at the end. Goes down easily.

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Photo of BWCampbell
3.62/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not entirely sure how this beer made it into the new BA top 250 - but I'm not a fan of the system. Just because you could do it with this beer, doesn't mean you should.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

brown bottle - 2013 Release

Stone Double Bastard Ale poured out of a 1pt 6fl oz bottle into a tulip glass. A dark amber color body and a 1 1/2 finger foamy tan head was produced. The head reduced to spotty lacing over time. The nose is dominated by sweet caramel and toffee with just a hint of hops in the background. The taste starts off sweet with caramel, dark sugar, and toffee noted. Then the bitterness takes over and very much dominates the sweet malt. The finish is dry with a strong lingering piney bitterness. Mouth feel is high-medium to full bodied and a little sticky.

Double Bastard is a serious big beer that drinks similar to an American Barleywine. The drinkability is lower due to its alcohol presence...a sipper for sure!

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Cloudy ruby brown with a small off-white head. Fades but leaves a thin layer. Low lacing .
S - Tons of caramel, toffee, molasses. Dark fruit.
T - Caramel sweetness, cut off by some slight medicinal bitterness. Leather, black licorice. No mistake this is a strong ale.
M - Smooth, This definitely benefited from eight months of aging. Coats the palate. Reminds you that you're having a fine ale.
O - An amazing brew. Worth seeking out and always worth having a bottle cellaring.

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Photo of Donco
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very interesting strong ale. I generally don't like hoppy beers. However, this one really grows on you as you make your way through a bottle. Another amazing example of that California hoppy brew that Stone creates. Quite "addictive" in a good way!

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My 100th beer on BA. Poured into snifter glass.
L - A medium-dark brown caramelized color. 2 finger head & good retention.

S - Great aroma; feign smell of chocolate. Hints of alcohol.

T - Very smooth taste. You can notice the flavor of alcohol faintly. A burnt caramel or toffee flavor with faint hints of orange and chocolate.

F - Leaves a pleasant and dry feeling in the mouth. Mild to no carbonation. Again can note the alcohol in it though doesn't take away from the experience.

O - A great beer with a unique flavor to offer. It lives up to its name in strength, though the flavor of alcohol is barely present. Great choice for the 100th beer.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a Stone Winter Storm taster glass
Noted on 11/07/2014

A: Lightly burnished copper body with some well conditioned clarity. Short filmy cap of khaki foam comes to rest for a few moments until swirling out. Very light on the stick.

S: Nutty scorched caramel toffee with bread crust, earthy hops and a bit of pine and orange peel. Some mild stone fruit like esters present. Nicely balanced between malts and hops with the alcohol kept in good check.

T: Deep malty and rich with a nutty caramelization all throughout. Toffee, plum, and fig notes in spades with dark style bread and biscuit. Some further stone fruit action. The brew has a big hop bitterness that cuts through all the malt sweetness adding in some nice elements of citrus, pine, and spice. Alcohol is well and present with heat but it kind of works in favor of this one. Just one big ass beer yet remarkable balanced and simple to drink.

M: Full bodied and even a touch syrupy at times but with a nice cutting bitterness midway. Finishes out with a fair amount of drying and some stinging alcohol heat.

D: I think Stone did a great job of scaling up the base AB while keeping true to the flavor profile. This is a big sipper for sure but one that is really fun to go rounds with every now and then…especially when you are looking for a one and done type situation. Not for the faint-hearted.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: [3.25] The beer is a dark reddish-brown. It looks like cider just a bit. There is very little in the way of head formation. I cannot find a date on the bottle. The ABV is listed (11%)

S: [4.00] I get brown sugar as the primary note. Then there are smells of caramel and alcohol. Biscuity breadiness in there too.

T: [4.50] The flavor is similar to the nose. It has a prominent breadiness with candied sugar.

M: [4.25] This has a full body and low carbonation. The finish is long and dry but there is no astringency or off flavors. The 11% alcohol is present but not negative.

O: [4.25] I really like the flavor on this beer. The sweetness and the breadiness play off of each other really well. The mouthfeel is nice and rich. I really wish there were some obvious dates - at 11% it probably doesn't matter - but they need to get on board.

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Photo of Jmc181
3.57/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a bit better than okay. It looks good in the glass, and the bottling will have you thinking it's either incredible, or you're worthless if you find it otherwise. I'm confident enough to call it like I taste it. It's okay, but there are many better options, especially at this price point...IMO. Strong flavors aren't enough to be great. Try one to see if you disagree...

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-looks great darker than the last and seems to be alot less carbonated
-very fruity slightly hoppy with a orchard like smell
-almost a sour like taste but slightly fruity/ tart, with a nice mellow hop undertone
-ideal feel just a light overpowering alcohol for a blink
- great beer more crafty than its brother and a great experience!

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Photo of m_hall
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2014 bottling. Poured from a bomber into a nonic pint. This ale is a clear mahogany color and is capped by a lingering 1-finger tan head, supported steady carbonation. Lacing is heavy all the way down the glass

Aroma is malty with toffee-like notes, ripe fruits, alcohol, and woody, pine-y hops. Surprisingly, this doesn't seem as intense on the nose as the standard Arrogant Bastard Ale.

Flavors are intense, to say the least. Big malts up front... brown sugar, caramel, toasted nuts, and raisins. A good bit of hop presence follows, but I certainly wouldn't say this beer is in any way over-hopped, there's so much going on here that the bitterness serves as a perfect counterpoint to everything else. The finish is long and hop-y, but very pleasant.

The mouthfeel is rich, slightly oily like a good booze, but this is a surprisingly strongly carbonated ale, so it's not as thick as one might expect. It's far easier to drink (quickly) than a lot of strong-style ales. The alcohol warms both in the mouth and on the way down, very much like Barleywine.

The "Double Bastard" name might have one expecting an even more challenging version of the classic Arrogant Bastard Ale, but this was quite the opposite for me... This has many of the same qualities that make AB so great, but presented in a more 'refined' way. Mind you, this is still a HUGE ale, not for the faint of heart, but it's not as brashly aggressive as it's sibling. A remarkable example of craft brewing, and something every ale connoisseur should try.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have heard a ton of great things about this beer but I have always just overlooked it since it's always on the shelf but I finally gave it a try.

A - Deep ruby, chestnut color similar to Bastard but just a few SRM darker. Crystal clear with rocky egg-shell head and strong lacing.

S - First there is a rich malt, caramel aroma with a bitter hoppy character. The alcohol is stronger in this version and there is also a fruity yeast based character but is not like a Belgian beer but noticeable.

T - Big, strong, and complex flavor. First the rich malt hits the palate like a strong ale should but it is more intense and more complex than Bastard. It has a significant bitter hop character that also fights for dominance on the tongue. Pungent bitterness is matched with the strong maltiness and caramel flavor so it doesn't hurt the tongue. The raisin and yeast fruit character is also there and then after the swallow the alcohol reminds you of the >11% ABV.

M - Heavy mouth-feel. High carbonation. It is the highest carbed strong ale I've had which seems to make the flavors pop more and attempts to lighten the mouth feel. The finish is long, bitter, and hot but some how I really enjoyed the complex flavors burning into my memory.

Overall, a perfect example of the style and a tremendous amount of depth in this beer. Great attributes but just like Bastard this could never be my go-to beer. I understand the following and the respect that this beer gets but it's not going in my top 10.

Glass- Tulip

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Photo of PacNWDad
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally opened the 2008 bottle. Very little head and little carbonation. A real treat to drink. Yeasty and earthy, with lots of oak. A tad sharp in the finish, but what do you expect for a beer that is 7 years old? I would have this one with something that stands up to it well like aged cheddar. Overall, a very enjoyable beer. If you are holding on to this one, I would not continue to age it.

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Photo of CoffeePorter
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black color with minimum head. Kind of syrupy in quality. Smells of malt and booze. It tastes very sweet with a tad bit of bitterness. The alcohol is very apparent from the first sip. Mild carbonation. I aged it for about 6 months prior to consuming. It was okay, but too boozy for me.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a nonic pint glass. A gentle and perhaps understated mahogany brown with an orange halo near the bottom of the glass and a single finger of thick, creamy tan foam on top.

Aroma is redolent with burnt sugar, pineapple rings, and piney hops. Deceptively mellow on the nose, at least at first. Does create the impression of hidden power. The first sip reveals layer upon layer of caramel (burnt and raw, co-existing), pineapple juice, papaya spears, spruce needles, mango, and a huge bloom of alcohol that gathers steam over the course of multiple sips. Obviously recalls "single Bastard" but more compressed, if that makes sense ... A deeper, more nutty malt backbone with around the same level of aggressive hopping. All the accolades heaped upon Arrogant Bastard apply here, although I am finding that the hops pop out less due to the richer malts and the booze flavor is amped up a few notches. Not a problem. Getting big pecan and walnut flavors about half way through, along with a little chocolate cake.

Body translates as quite thick, although the beer somehow remains rather attenuated in feel. Smooth. Finishes boozy and pleasantly astringent, with some resinous hops waving goodbye.

Much what one familiar with Stone would expect ... Delivers the goods, memorable, deserves its good reputation. Very late I am getting a return to the tropical fruit vibe detected earlier, thus coming full circle. Not much more one can ask.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Extremely turbid amber with an off-white head that didn’t last too long.

Smell: A bit of piney hops, faint floral smell. Mostly yeast and bread.

Taste: Mellow bitterness up front, into a dry malt backbone, again tons of yeast flavor. If you’ve had the normal Arrogant Bastard you’ll recognize the distinct flavor. Surprisingly little booze flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick with low carbonation.

Overall: A nice hearty ale. I had this about a year after the bottling date, but it was still delicious. Good balance between yeast, malt, and hops (mostly just providing bitterness at this point). I agree 100% with a lot of the reviews: this is incredibly smooth and easy to drink for an 11.2% ABV beer. If you liked Arrogant Bastard then there is no reason not to try this one; it really is appropriately named.

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Photo of Kenmac19
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 release cellared for 14 months. Pours a hazy reddish brown with small head and minimal lacing. Smells like my Grandmothers Christmas Cake. Aging has mellowed out the hoppyness that was more present when it was fresh. Booziness has also mellowed. Next time I'll only age it for 6-8 months max to preserve a little better balance of the hops/malts. .

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Photo of do_ob
2.74/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on 10/14/14. Sampled and reviewed on February 19, 2015.

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Poured a very nice dark, roasted amber. Almost red, yet, almost brown. Barely any head whatsoever, mild carbonation. Smelll is weak, but hints of hops, citrus, lemon, orange, and apples. The first sip sent a chill down my spine. Very hoppy, with hints of spices. Also citrus/lemon is pretty apparent to me. Leaves with a dry finish. Lingering zest and hops after every sip.

I really wanted to like this beer, especially after being a fan of the original Arrogant Bastard Ale. But honestly, this one is just too much. I tried this by itself and with food, and it just dominates no matter what. Simply stronger than I prefer my beer. I decided to try it given the World Class rating, but it just didn't do it for me. Should've taken heed to the warning on the back I guess.

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,045 ratings.