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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,045 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5045
Reviews: 1959
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%


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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BrausBeforeHaus

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased this fine brew a few times now. So I figured now I would rate it to avoid any snap judgement on it.

I've always liked most of Stone's offerings, especially earlier in my exploration of beer when hops were the only thing that seemed to matter (how naive hah!). I always appreciated Arrogant Bastard as a decently-balanced ale with good character and widespread appeal. So when I found out about Double Bastard, I was intrigued to try a more extreme offering of the Bastard, and ready to compare the two.

You've no doubt read a few times about the lacy white head, coppery color, etc. I'll just skip to the taste and impression.

Wow! Is all I could say after having a few sips. It has a strikingly bold start, but nothing overwhelms or hits you with one profile. All the hoppy characteristics of regular Bastard are there, but with better malt balance to even it out and also a more boozy sweetness.

You can definitely tell its potency after a few gulps. However that potency is more subdued than the 11.2% ABV might have you believe. A few friends of mine who have tried it were all shocked to learn it was that alcohol-infused, they guessed about 8.5-9%.

All in all, I believe this brew to be far superior to regular Arrogant Bastard. I am more partial lately to "extreme" style beers with strong ABV and character. It is a definite recommendation that you pick up a bottle if you fall in line with those tastes. I have already given it a good review amongst peers who are looking for something new and different in the beer world.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 21:51:47 | More by BrausBeforeHaus
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CloudStrife

New York

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 Release.

A: Pours a mostly clear copperish ruby with an off white head. Head takes a couple minutes to dissipate leaving spots of lacing on the glass. Just a few bubbles of visible carbonation.

S: Very mellow aroma on this one that reminds me of a farmhouse I used to visit as a child. Malts add a big richness that overwhelm the hops. Certainly fig, raisin or another dried dark fruit pushes through.

T: Very bold flavor on this one. A wallop in the face of intense malt flavors that barely beats out the dramatic hop entrance. Carmel or toffee adds some sweet flavors. Hops linger in the aftertaste.

M: Full body with moderate to low carbonation. A bit dry on the finish from the amount of hops. Not too hot considering the ABV but certainly warms you up.

Overall this one is just screaming to be aged. Haven't had one in a couple of years and am really able to appreciate this beer now. A very serious bastard that will leave you wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 01:52:23 | More by CloudStrife
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BrewUSA

Ohio

4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Stone Double Bastard is an American strong ale with a big 11.2%ABV~ Pours light to medium brownish/burnt orange with tons of sediment~ Nice big, full body robust head that sat pretty for several minutes~ Nose is malty, sweet, hoppy, bready, raisin, pine, fruit and vanilla~ Feel is smooth, creamy, full, warming, bitter and boozy~ Taste is intense, as per usual with Stone Brewery : Caramel, Malt, Bread, Brown Sugar, Grapefruit, Pine, Dough, Bourbon, Peach, Oatmeal, Plum, Oak, Cherry, Banana, Citrus, Toffee and Butter Biscuits~ Just an absolute Jaw Jacker... BIG, Heavy and Full flavored to the max! This liquid glory absolutely floors and round house drop kicks the Fu€k out of the taste buds and palate, satisfies and covers the 11% like a champ... Overall: 95

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 22:42:42 | More by BrewUSA
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Ohmmygawd

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dangerous beer. %11.2 Abv
Bottle to glass.
A- I'm really surprised about how little amount of head I got compared to other reviews on this page. Only about one fingers worth but it didn't settle as I drank and lacing was evident all the way through.

S- Molasses and black cherries. Deep dark fruity feel in the aroma.

T- Raisins, cherries, molasses with a slight bitter bite following. Yum!

M- Smooth and very creamy. The taste lingers on the sides of the tongue while the creamy taste rolls down the middle.

O- Great after dinner beer for sitting around and chatting. Pairs wonderfully with pineapple and other creamy deserts (chocolate fondue anyone?) This label screams eat with devil's food cake.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 00:58:58 | More by Ohmmygawd
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vickersspitfire

Texas

4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a dark murky brown ales with plenty of carbonation running up to the top. The center of the beer nests some lovely red and copper hues while the out edges get just a smidgen lighter in saturation. The head is thin and light tan, and quickly become a thin ring with some good lacing.
The aroma is sweet, banana bread and figs are the first thing I pick up, mild brown sugar follows and then mild pine and earthy smells mixed in with some dark malts tail the scent.
It is really smooth and I cannot believe this is a high ABV ale, its mildly sweet overall and the hops are strong but not over powering, the malts and hops are perfectly balanced in this one.
It is medium bodied and it really warms up your mouth without getting too foul!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 02:53:10 | More by vickersspitfire
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber in color with a slight haze that clarifies as this warm. Poured with a thick off-white foam that is fed by a lazy, but steady stream of bubbles from the depths of the glass. The thick, rich cap leaves sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Citrus pineapple aroma up front with undeniable booziness in tow. Intense sweet caramel malty aromas follow with pine hop aromas deep in the background. Full bodied and sticky sweet, with an incredible, delicate, creamy smooth feel. Caramel malt flavors barrel right down the middle with pineapple hop bitterness around the edges that transition to pine hop flavors from the middle to the end. The boozy heat hides beneath the hop bitterness up front but slowly intensifies through the middle to the end. Finishes with a soft, slightly dry feel with lingering pine hop bitterness and lots of boozy heat. This beer is a force that lives up to its name.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 03:18:43 | More by IronLover
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afinepilsner

Iowa

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bottle

Double Bastard Ale was orange-brown in color and a little hazy. It had a beige head with good retention. The smell sweet malt and fruit with some piney hops coming through. The taste was very good with sweet carmel malt and dried fruit flavors and plenty of bitterness to balance. The finish was long with some lingering bitterness. It was full bodied with medium- light carbonation. Overall this is an excellent beer and worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 02:34:05 | More by afinepilsner
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Matthew_Phoenix

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 ouncer. Bought it for $10, pretty expensive. This beer is bursting with flavor. A lot of tart fruitiness, sharp hop flavor, some subtle malt backbone, and of course some booze going on here, as it is quite high on the ABV.

I couldn't ask for a better view. Pretty much the same as the oaked version, minus the oak flavor. This is a VERY strong beer, something you need to sip. Its actually so heavy and boozy, your body almost forces you to sip it.

Overall, you'd be hard pressed to find another beer quite like this one. One of a kind. Only thing that keeps me from buying this on a regular basis is the price, and the fact that I'm not a full blown alcoholic.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 06:08:31 | More by Matthew_Phoenix
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 9/30/13 (my birthday). $8.99/22 oz. Poured into a chalice.

My favorite American strong ale. Take one for a cool autumn night around a campfire.

Is this a barley wine? Almost, but no. Over the top but balanced. You know the alcohol is there but it is calming and not hot. 4.5

A – Pours a clear amber with a half-finger light tan head that quickly dissipates to almost nothing. Good lacing. Nicely carbonated. 4

S – Malty sweetness with some caramel and dark fruit. A touch of whiskey in the nose but without the taste. 4.5

T – Huge malty backbone with a resiny bitterness. 4.5

MF – Smooth, warming and rich. Medium-bodied. Nice carbonation reflected with a bit of sharpness. 4.75

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 02:56:52 | More by Sludgeman
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rev3rb

Virginia

4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottom Line Up Front: This ale is one to take in slowly. At 11%abv it'll knock you on your ass if you end up having the whole bomber to yourself. I fully enjoy the full bodied taste and balance in hoppiness and maltiness. This is one I'll buy and enjoy when there is something to celebrate.

Decanted a 22oz bomber into a DFH goblet.

Appearance: Creates a nice off white head when poured vigorously. Head retention is moderate. Beautiful dark amber cloudy color.

Smell: Hop resins, bread, dark fruits

Taste: It is an amazing full bodied ale that balances out the hops and malts quite well. Plenty of hops and dark fruits. Doesn't leave a syrupy aftertaste as some of those winter warmers might.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and on the palate as well. Just a great ale.

Overall: Seriously this is an amazing ale. Don't give this to the "lite beer crowd" as it'll offend them and rightfully so. If you enjoy craft beer and want one that isn't a 3xIPA go for this one. You won't regret it.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 21:39:45 | More by rev3rb
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hoplover82

Texas

4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-Pours a hazey, rich copper color with a medium, super creamy ivory colored head that has excellent retention and excellent lacing.
S-The aroma right off the bat has a huge burnt caremel note. Impressively, there is no alcohol aroma. On a secondary note, there is plenty of earthy hop aroma to keep the nose from being one dimentional. Way in the back there is some dark fruit notes as well.
T-The flavor is chock full of sweet, malty, burnt caramel notes. (Very barley wine like)
There is plenty of bitterness and earthy hop flavor to keep this palate satisfied for sure.
In the back the dark fruits consist of prunes and raisins and even sweet dates.
M-This beer has a huge body, huge creamy body. Huge bitterness along with medium to mild carbonation, makes this beer very balanced in the american barley wine sense. It's very aggressive to be sure but at the same time it is balanced.
O-Overall I am veru glad to have had the opportunity to try this delightful beer from stone brewing company. I highly recommend it to any craft beer lover like myself.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 01:47:42 | More by hoplover82
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ac22rush

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice medium ruby with 1 finger of kinky head and some light lacing.

The aroma consists of dates, figs, carmel, toffee, grapefruit, light citrus.

Huge carmel malt straight booze and some light hop bitterness towards the end. At 11% most of what you taste is just malt and alcohol but its so well balanced with some real nice hop bitterness just sticking its head out so they don't feel left out.

Overall: Hell yeah buy like 5 of these and hold on. Sessionable? only if you want to have a hell of a blackout. Makes Christmas parties tolerable. Enjoy in a snifter or in shot glasses either way you'll have a great time. Love this beer easily one of Stones best offerings Also if you enjoy bashing macro brews read the back label.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 06:14:40 | More by ac22rush
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barczar

Kentucky

4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with cranberry highlights and a frothy, fleeting beige head.

Deeply caramelized sugar, toffee, floral hops, dates, figs, toasted malt, and muted citrus form the aroma. Very rich.

Flavor reveals a backbone of rich, deep caramelized malt, fairly sweet, which is juxtaposed by moderate bitterness at the finish. Notes of dates and figs are subtle. Earthy hops, grapefruit pith, muted grapefruit, and floral notes add complexity.

Body is full, with low carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Very complex beer. A balance of extremes, with a rich malt profile and enough hops to keep the sweetness in check. Nuances are plentiful. It's a touch hot.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 00:07:47 | More by barczar
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Roguer

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Massive three finger dark creamy head from a turbulent pour. Good retention and prodigious lacing. Beer is a clear, reddish nut-brown color, nearly transparent.

Brown sugar and caramel through the nose, with some piney hops. Very sweet. Nuts and dark fruit.

Flavor is aggressively sweet, focusing on heavily caramelized brown sugar. Hops are present in a dry and piney sense, taking a background bite not unlike a porter. Not insignificant heat from evaporating alcohol, a la wine.

Sweet and syrupy full-bodied ale. Good bite and sting. Again, notable alcohol presence, but definitely not unpleasant.

If anything, this beer is too sweet for me. I'm just not getting the strong hop presence so many others have talked about. Still, it's a very, very good and tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 23:17:17 | More by Roguer
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MikeRusso

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opening and pouring the beer I was very excited. Looks great, smells great. I really enjoyed the taste of the beer, but the higher alcohol content drives me away... too much alcohol taste at the end.
Still a great beer. In the end I think I'll stay with plain old arrogant bastard ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 22:14:14 | More by MikeRusso
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.33/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

3rd of a pint in Brewdog Glasgow (£4.25):
Amber to orange with a big light creamy head that settles as a thin, foamy lacing round the sides.

Very hoppy with lots of spice and some yeast too. Tonnes of pine with some lighter grapefruit and tropical notes along with quite a bit of alcohol on top that started to dominate but with hints of caramel as well.

Huge amount of hops & laced with more alcohol that I was prepared for despite the fact I knew it was an 11.2% beer going in. There was quite a lot of pine and grapefruit with hints of caramel but the alcohol that started strong just takes over come the end and the flavour definitely suffers as a result of this.

Strong and bitter beer with a full body and a fairly smooth mouthfeel. There is a huge kick that I sort of expected but the balance wasn't good at all and the alcohol seems excessive just because it could be.

An alright beer at best and I felt that the beer was only about loading the flavour with a mix of hops and alcohol meaning the balance was poor and the beer was a hard on to drink with everything in your face and to the extreme. I'm glad I got to try this one but I don't think I'll be giving it a go again.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 08:52:34 | More by flyingpig
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought the 22 ounce at Table and Vine. Awesome dark amber appearance with a creamy head and good lacing on the sides. Aromas were heavy on malts, spices, grapes, and caramel. Great, powerful punch. The beer taste was rich in a sugary blast that was not too overpowering. The flavors were a mix of toffee, caramel, vanilla, and some citrus. Really good mouthfeel; a great balance of a creamy texture mixed with solid carbonation. Overall, a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 03:13:21 | More by fitzy84
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Duane_Opfer

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1pt 6 fl oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 9/30. Consumed on 12/3. Written from notes.

A - Light reddish brown. Transparent. Very light head with no lasting lacing. Very distinct lines of carbonation.

S - Somewhat faint. Apples, raisins, with a touch of sweetness. Malts are noticeable, and to a lesser extent, the hop aroma comes through.

T - Dark fruit, bitter malty breadiness, slight sweetness, caramel, and red apple, with a hint of grapefruit. Hops do come through. Alcohol there but not overwhelming. Slightly peppery.

M - Lightly bodied with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. Smooth.

O - Very good quality. Very easy to drink despite alcohol content and not overwhelming in any manner. Hops come through which is a nice touch. Still, nothing really amazes me. It's just pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 22:54:36 | More by Duane_Opfer
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Kuaff

Alaska

4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I took on this Double Bastard in my snifter at cellar temperature.

Looks a lot like Arrogant Bastard, but with a slightly smaller head. It's got that same clear, blood ruby hue to go with the off-white foam.

The floral citrus and caramel sweetness of Arrogant Bastard are also in this beer's aroma, along with some cherries, raisins, and molasses. There's a more pronounced malty, doughy breadiness in this one.

Woah. The flavor packs some serious power. It has profoundly huge and hefty hop flavor throughout an entire swig, from first contact on my tongue to the substantial finish. There's a nice little citrus zing at the beginning, and then I get a mix of dark fruit flavors, spicy breadiness, and what I like to call "caramelized hops" in the middle. The finish delivers even more hops, now becoming astringent, woody, and pine-tinged. While there IS a bit of a boozy burn after I swallow this stuff, this is a case in which alcohol heat complements, and I daresay enhances, everything else that's happening. Complex, and incredibly delicious. Damn.

The feel is certainly excellent as well. It's thick, but also really smooth and velvety. Awesome.

This is one of the tastiest liquids I've ever imbibed.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 17:17:10 | More by Kuaff
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emwild12

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours red almost brown with light carbonation, two finger head the disipates fairly quick, creamy almost syrupy. Smells of bourbon, caramel, malts, pine, and citrus. Tastes almost exactly like it smells but the bourbon/booze taste is pretty stong. Overall very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 13:57:20 | More by emwild12
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tmm313

Georgia

3.35/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Dark orange, almost red body. Poured a nice creany 2 finger head that dissipated pretty quickly.
S- Tropical fruits, chocolate, caramel, pine, big Bourbon.
T - Follows the nose, but the booze is HUGE. Too much so.
M- Thick, almost syrupy. Crisp carbonation.
O- I am not worthy. The bottle told me so, but I didn't believe it. Way too much booze for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 00:19:40 | More by tmm313
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zookerman182

Alabama

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a clear red brown color with a two finger head.
Aroma is fruit, toffee, bread, malt, some metallic smell even.
Taste is dark fruit, bready malt, toffee, deliciousness.
Mouthfeel is fantastic, coats your mouth with bitterness.
You don't really pick up the 11% abv which is nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 17:27:28 | More by zookerman182
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santomark

California

5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours this wonderful deep caramel color, very little head in this one I received, poured nicely. Looks very shallow.

Smell - this is different than your standard arrogant bastard, this has the pine, hops, fruits, malty, breadiness. Very warming in the smell, just the perfect thing in winter.

Taste - Definately notice first is this rich toffee, raisin, and hops. As you sip in deeper it is this wonderful balance of oranges, mild chocolate, complexity from the hops, sticky, piney, just everything you love about a beer this has it all!

Mouthfeel - Definately on the Medium-high to to high side with the body. smooth, refreshing, light carbonation.

Overall - I am in love with Stone and this brew. I loved the arrogant bastard, but this is entirely a different experience. This has everything you love about various beers that are pulled into one masterful brew. You get this full body which is great for this time of year, toffee/coffee/dark which reminds me of a brown ale, then you dip deeper and get this splash of hops that are very complex both in their bitterness and sweetness. This is just a damn perfect beer. I'm amazed, I can't say enough good things. Something in this beer for everyone. IMO, I will be sipping this, this is highly drinkable, but also high in ABV so pace yourself.

Re-edit

I've had this beer from a growler and on tap. TBH, it's not as magnificent compared to a bomber of it. On tap, you'll get more of the bitter, with the growler, you'll get an arrogant bastard on bitter steroids. The way to drink this is from a bomber bottle. Idk why, but drinking it from the pint bottle is magnificent; it's loaded with every characteristic enjoyable to a beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 09:36:52 | More by santomark
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PAhopHead717

Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 edition about 2 months old. I dont know what to say about this beer other than its a big one. Overloads your mouth with flavor. Alcohol is noticeable but would probably fade away with some age. Arrogant bastard is a favorite of mine but this is a must have every year.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 19:16:15 | More by PAhopHead717
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anarchia

Oregon

2.81/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Thin white head, dark ruby color. Aroma is faint pine with lots of fruits, along with an unfortunate(to me) cherry cough syrup smell. Very thick in the mouth, syrupy. Taste is cherries, caramel, wood, grapefruit. Extremely bitter of course, starts within a second of sipping and stays around, coating your mouth with bitterness for an extended time. Some nice flavors before the bitterness takes over but I can't say I care for the bitterness or the syrupy feel in the mouth. Others may be more worthy than me.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 04:27:39 | More by anarchia
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,045 ratings.