Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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95
world-class

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Reviews: 2,038
Hads: 6,339
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 454
Gots: 1,167 | FT: 41
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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 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. (1,531 characters)

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 (1,514 characters)

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. (402 characters)

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. (303 characters)

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. (1,457 characters)

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. (840 characters)

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. . (354 characters)

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. (903 characters)

Photo of ryho
3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I loved Arrogant Bastard, and was excited to try Double Bastard, because I thought I would like something even more intense. However, I did not enjoy this beer. It was far too much for me. Given the flavor of these two beers, maybe something called Bastard and a Half would be better for me. (291 characters)

Photo of nelser01
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was expecting more hoppy like Arrogant Bastard. Flavor is more like an American Barleywine. I still prefer Double Dog as a benchmark for a double IPA. (154 characters)

Photo of BillCheck
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What a fantastic beer. Very Malty presence accompanied by a pleasant hop bitterness along the lines of grapefruit. Also smoother than I had thought at 11%. (155 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard, British pint glass.

A - 4.75 - Pours a lovely, rich, dark rust and ruby color. Forms about a finger of quickly dissipating, medium tan colored head. Whispy lacing left on the walls of the glass.
S - 2.25 - Smell is pretty boring to me. Light touches of malt and hops with a strong imperial pilsner aroma.
T - 3 - Beer is quite a malt bomb, definitely needs time to age even though the labeling states to enjoy fresh as well. Upfront there are sweet extremely malty tones, reminiscent of an imperial IPA that has sat too long, but in someway you can tell it is intentional here. This fades into the classic, over the top hoppy bitterness Arogant Bastard is known and loved for. There are some more subtle notes of things like raisins and dark fruits in the back, but these but is just too malty for me.
F - 3.75 - Decent bodied beer.
O - 3 - Middle of the road score here. Wish I had let it age a bit longer, but Stone should not encourage the drinking of this beer fresh on their bottle! I think more breweries should follow in the footsteps of Deschutes and put a best AFTER date on their bottle! All in all, and OK beer as is, can taste potential with some aging though! (1,199 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Donnelly's Public House in Fairport, NY.

Pours a clear dark brown, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like burnt pine, wood, leather, caramel, and toffee.

This is essentially a hoppy barleywine. It's much better than Arrogant Bastard, if I can be honest. It tastes like burnt pine, wood, leather, caramel, toffee, bready malt, brown sugar, with a pretty heavy bitterness.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp, bready mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation. The bitterness lingers really strongly after each sip.

This is really an excellent beer. I didn't think I'd like it much after not loving Arrogant Bastard, but this is much better. (682 characters)

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

Purchased from Champagne's for $7.99 22oz bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a nice head that is gone within a minute to a film. Dark amber gold color. Super dark almost brown.

S- A lot of malt here. Tons of hops.

T- Super rich and complex. Honey galore. Scotch overtones.

M- Super thick and creamy.

O- Nice beer but very heavy. Enjoyable fresh and am looking forward to an aged one in a year or two.

Food Pairing

This wonderful big beer went well with....... Chicken wings with medium hot sauce. Blue cheese really pairs well.

Enjoy (570 characters)

Photo of jooler
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014
I have a more fully developed palette since I drank it last time

This time, all I taste is malts, malts, and malts with a hint of malts. Aside from the malts, this is still a really good beer. I drank it at around 13C and you can definitely taste the fruitiness of the body. You can barely taste the alcohol. (315 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from 2014 Stone box set:
Nice mostly clear ruby brown color. Head grows thick and lasts, lacing the glass with copious amounts of residual head that clings. Nose is a tad weak, but has some sweet candy-like notes (dark cherry-ish), some dark fruit, but an abundance of hops bite (woody, even piney).

The taste does have a certain boldness of hops, but is a bit more balanced than I expected (but not actually balanced). This is a Stone Arrogant Bastard, after all. Cola-like candy flavor is the first taste that hits. It turns with the addition of hops bitterness into an earthy flavor, almost a bit of coffee ice cream flavor for a fleeting moment before the hops reach their full power. Woody in nature, the hops just linger with the candy flavor, providing a weird long-term taste that isn't my favorite. Body is fairly full, carbonation plays perhaps just a tad too much.

Not a big flavor profile difference than regular Arrogant Bastard, I don't think (even if I described them differently). The final hop/candy flavor is just off-putting enough for me to rate it any higher. (1,097 characters)

Photo of Lovethemhopps
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is one powerful beer! It is a strong ale that will be remembered once you drink it. It has a ton of complex maltiness and hopped nicely. This beer packs a serious punch. (174 characters)

Photo of Redneckwine
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into tulip

Appearance - Looks like practically every other beer in the Bastard line-up: Murky dark red/brown with a big 2 finger tan head that retains for a long time and leaves awesome lacing.

Smell - Caramely, toasty malts with a musty, sweet fruitiness. Some piney hops hide underneath. Booze is all over the more, but in the most mellow, pleasant of ways.

Taste - Not half as abrasive as I was expecting... The high alcohol content really tempers the flavors. Sweet, caramely, toasty malts are up front with LOADS of musky fruitiness and nuances of yeasty spice and cocoa. The hops reinforce the somewhat tropical fruitiness, then begin to creep in to balance with a well-rounded pine and citrus bite. Finishes semi-sweet with toasty malt sweetness hanging on tightly and moderate pine resin bitterness that seems to build; a slight alcohol burn lets you know this is a huge beer. Otherwise, any specific fusel booziness is nonexistant.

Feel - Decidedly, this is a full bodied monster of a beer with a viscous feel that coats the mouth. Thankfully the carbonation is executed perfectly - smooth and creamy but ample enough to lighten the feel, which is quite drinkable for a beer of this heft. Awesome.

Overall - Finishing a bomber of this isn't just "having a beer", it's an event. Super flavorful, super complex, this Bastard is much more well-rounded than I thought it would be: the huge flavors really marry together well and the booze is ridiculously well integrated. The musty fruitiness of this beer almost reminds me of a Belgian quad. A bit sweeter than I'd prefer, this is still one hell of a brew by Stone, I'm impressed (and a little buzzed). (1,675 characters)

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber 2014 vintage poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a ruby garnet with 1/2 finger of off-white head and a fine lace

Smell: Hops with a lot of pine and earthy hop aromas

Taste: Hop bitterness up front with a lot of earth tones similar to the aroma and finishes with caramel and toffee notes

Mouthfeel: Medium but lighter and not as sticky as the ABV would suggest

Overall: A fantastic winter sipper that I look forward to. I haven't had it cellared but when fresh there is an overwhelming hop bitterness and flavor that is enjoyable. The hoppiness helps to balance the high alcohol content. I personally find this to have a real "old-school" hop flavor. A lot of earth and pine notes as opposed to something like Enjoy by IPA. (750 characters)

Photo of BrewClint
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not very good at writing reviews for beer, but I try.
This is just too flowery and bitter for my liking. Not really sure why they call it an American Strong Ale. I have really lost confidence in anything labeled as American now. (233 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; 2013 vintage, bottled on 9/16/2013. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, pine, raisin, plum, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, light nuttiness, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, pine, raisin, plum, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, light nuttiness, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, pine, raisin, plum, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, light nuttiness, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and moderately creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome strong ale style. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,588 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma initial faint resinous hops fading to a fruity malt
Head small (2 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to a 2 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing fair – partial rings and small islands of tiny to small bubbles
Body dark amber, clear
Flavor begins with a slight hit of hops which instantly is overwhelmed by a fruity maltiness with a bit of alcohol entering the nose; the hops return as a short-lived bitter aftertaste. No diacetyl.
Palate medium to full, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.25, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75 (611 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

220z poured into snifter

A: Gorgeous murky Carmel color like a brackish brown nice head and it finishes into a ring around the beer and then it laces the glass to the finish

S: like a resiny hoppy mess it just smells like it's going to make you pucker it's piney Sticky smell

T: It's dripping hops and full on your face bitter with a smooth malt back bone that eases the bitterness into nothing. It's shocking this beer you just expect to be bitter and abrasive but it's smooth.

M: has full to medium feel

O: I had this last year and it was more abrasive in your face. this year it's smoother I'm not sure it's a bad thing. It's so smooth it's smell promises sticky and bitter but the taste is there without the over-the-top ness of bitterness. (753 characters)

Photo of SSS
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

A-Red brown clear colour with a tan head that quickly dissipates
S-At 11%, alcohol hits the nose! along with a malty prune and disguised spice
M-Carbonation is light and let's the alcohol through
T-Malty, toasted goodness,gets balance of bitter and sweet with a soar note
O-Drank this fresh, not aged, I wish I had bought another or store in the cellar. Delicious beer that packs a punch, full bodies and very complex flavour. It takes some solid brain power to digest this wonderful beer, highly recommend. (509 characters)

Photo of OldRickSputin
3.79/5  rDev -11%

Quick review-

I found Double Bastard to be less appealing than regular Arrogant.

The 11+% ABV is not noticed, which is neither here nor there. But the taste is simply too sweet for my liking.



(Lukcy Bastard > Double by a full rating point- IMO.) (254 characters)

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,038 ratings.