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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,886 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,886
Reviews: 2,001
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 378
Gots: 866 | FT: 29
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 Apellonious
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber from Frugles.

A - cloudy, brownish red. One finger head that dissipates into lace.

S - grapefruit, hops, some brown sugar.

T - good balance, not as much hops the nose would indicate, but they are upfront and strong. A dark fruity sweet malt balances it out. Definitely some alcohol heat on the finish.

M - borderline awesome. Slightly low on the carbo side, but altogether exceptionally solid.

O - another solid Stone offering. By the end you will understand what you have done.

Apellonious, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a bottle then it appeared at the growler stand the next week. I had to do it! Also decided to review it before having my udon with red rooster sauce rather than after.

A: Thick semi hazy reddish brown. Perfect amount of carbonation. Head is a little weak at first but leaves good lacing.

S: Very balanced with some good floral hop notes but also some woody herbaciousness. Some sweetness as well. A hint of citrus in there. Very complex.

T: If there was a beer that tasted a 5 this would be it. Hits you at first with the hops which are sharp and not overwhelming. Then it comes in with a woody earthiness that is a sharp contrast to the floral notes at the start. As the taste fades you get hit with some citrus orange lemon acid which again, is in contrast to the previous flavors. Then the bittereness comes back in the end to finish it out. Goes does exceptionally smooth for such a high ABV and the amount of control here is insane.

M: carbonation is rather aggressive. Great flavor development but pretty intense.

Overall this is one of the best beers I've had. Insanely well controlled complexity and a variety of flavors. Very palatable for so high an ABV. A must have.

Jamesthebrit, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of Slycer
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Slycer, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of DoubleBastard
5/5  rDev +17.1%

DoubleBastard, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of StPaulShredder
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

StPaulShredder, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of bruno1187
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

bruno1187, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of VernonKell
4/5  rDev -6.3%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of mecmd
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

mecmd, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of SadMachine
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes from 11/14/12

A- Pours a deep amber with reddish hues and a voluptuous off-white head with excellent retention and lacing.

S- Pungent aroma of ripe, dark fruits (figs, plums), caramel, and a hint of banana. A bit of piney hop aroma pushes through along with a little bready yeast. Super complex nose!

T- The first thing I notice about the taste is that it has a lot of roasty malt and a lot more hop-bitterness than expected from the nose. This is a thick, bready, and complex beer! The caramel sweetness takes over in the middle of the palate before giving way to some fig and raisin. It goes out with a bang, assaulting your palate with a load of dry, bitter, piney/grassy hops.

M- Thick, and doesn't hide the booziness much.

O- This beer lives up to the hype! Can't wait to try my other bottle w/ a year or so on it!

SadMachine, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of homersimpson67
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been thinking about trying this one for awhile. Would love to buy the $100 3 litter bottle at my local beer establishment. Not sure how to chill it though. Settled for a nice 22oz bomber. Not dissapointed! Yes it is strong. As the bottle states "diatribe" on the label a perfect discription to say the least.
Pours a lovely dark mahogany into my favorite tulip. At least 2 fingers of glorious white foam that settles into and excellent lacing of delicate bubbles.
This smells like Christmas, sweet and spicey and everything nicey.(sorry about that one). A very enticing aroma of cranbery and nutmeg with a dash of maybe cinnamin and pumpkin pie.
As I slowly pour this over my tongue it hits you right away. Very sugaring and hoppy and I knew this one was loaded. It does remind me of a fresh barley wine type ale and it lingers on my tongue and into my nose for some time after a good swallow. Definately a unique flavor for sure. They certainly didn't hold back on the suger and hops!
It feels great but as the label implies it is not for the weak. This is a one to sip slowly and cautiously and let it warm a little as I believe the flavor gets more complex over time.
Again if you try read the label, it says it all. Stone is really wise in its ways and has again come up with a winner!
Yummy. I will sleep with a smile.

homersimpson67, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of gshak
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

gshak, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of nUgZ
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark amber/ruby color with a 1 1/2 finger head and very nice lacing.

S: Lots of sweet hops up front along with some caramel and faint malt aromas. Not nearly as much nuttiness as the original.

T: I get a good amount of sweet hops and roasted malts. The nuts are more pronounced in the taste than the smell. The alcohol is there, but it's hard to tell it's over 11%.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with very good carbonation. Just how a Strong Ale should be.

O: This beer is not for the weak! It'll slap you around and ask you if you're ready for more. If a dominatrix was turned into a beer, this would be it. Just enough sweet and enticing flavors to keep you wanting more, but it has the potential to hurt you. I like!!

nUgZ, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of kbenson
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

kbenson, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Doughbodyboy
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured the 22oz in a large glass. really deep amber color. the head builds up quickly and lingers thin on the top. it smells hoppy, nice. there is also some caramel that is hangin around. the malt in the taste is roasty and caramel. the hop note is real nice and bitter. just enough to be slightly more pronounced than the malt. the roasty flavors really linger around. it feels thick and prickly in the mouth. I'm about half way through it at this point and its kickin in, startin to get a smile...finished now. the name says it all. double arrogant for sure. the higher alcohol is really all i wanted from the original but im glad thats not the only difference. cheers

Doughbodyboy, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Kubrickx
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Kubrickx, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of yamar68
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally reviewing this one...

Pretty silent looking copper orange body with a solid finger of off white to khaki head that retains and laces well, not much in the way of alcohol legs.

Loads and loads of dense hop notes... bitter dry grapefruit, dripping with tropical fruit syrups, puree, absolutely delightful in this respect... some caramel and faint cinnamon beneath all of that, no real booze character to be spoken for.

Even bigger to the tongue... harsh bitterness plays alongside a more noticeable alcohol presence, tremendous hop bill is very obvious, not quite as smooth and tame as the nose would suggest.

The bitter booze limits the approachability of this one - definitely prefer it with a year or so on it.

yamar68, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a very dark ruby brown color with very little clarity. The head is nice for 11.2% - a one finger light mocha color with nice retention and a wonderful texture. It looks almost like cream floating on top of the beer. There's a nice sheet of lacing down the glass, as well.

S: Don't know why, but the aroma isn't as explosive as I anticipated. The usual suspects of caramel, toffee, and nuttiness are there along with the piny/citrusy hops one would expect from a bastard, but I kind of expected a little more in general.

T: Well, it tastes just like a stronger version of Arrogant Bastard does; I don't know why i expected something different. Nuttiness is strong from the get go, while the finish is a classic Arrogant Bastard 'sneak-up-on-you-with-oily-pine-flavors'. There seems to be a slightly brighter presence of citrus near the finish, and - naturally - the aftertaste is fairly boozy. I can't seem to pick up the faint vanilla presence other reviewers are detecting. The lack of complexity given its gravity is disappointing...but the Arrogant Bastard has never been about finesse, balance, subtlety, or nuance, has he?! Not quite as sweet as I expected, luckily.

M: Smooth and thick like a milkshake - right up until the hop oils sneak up on you. I love the feel of this in general; the boozy/resiny linger on the palate works perfectly for what this is trying to accomplish.

O: Every time Stone lets me down (see: 16th Anniversary IPA, SSR, IPA, and IRS to a lesser extent), I have something from them that restores my faith in them (see: 15th Anniversary black ale and Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout). So I guess this is another beer that helps raise my opinion of Stone somewhat? The shameless, heavy handed nature of Double Bastard is what gives it its charm - it's the ephitet "fuck you" in beer form. I don't really like Arrogant Bastard anymore, so it's good to know that someone else in the bastard family can come through for me.

ThisWangsChung, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of silentdonkey
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

silentdonkey, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of JRBecks
4/5  rDev -6.3%

JRBecks, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of JVan
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

JVan, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of rawfish
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

rawfish, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of funkyaudio
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

funkyaudio, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of Etan
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always really liked Double Bastard, so I wanted to get a fresh bottle to review. Here it is, 2012 vintage.

A: Pours a very nice ruby-amber with a nice spongy off-white head.

S: Pungent citrus, bitterish resin, doughy grain and thick caramel, herbal, toffee.

T: Tobacco, mint, burnt caramel, oily, leafy bitterness, orange and grapefruit rind, earthy alcohol notes, cakey sweetness in the finish.

M: Somewhat thick-bodied with creamy carbonation. Very bitter on the palate.

O: Still one of my favorite Stone offerings. Bracing and delicious.

Etan, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of drinkAK
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

drinkAK, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of sergeantstogie
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

sergeantstogie, Nov 11, 2012
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,886 ratings.