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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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6,211 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,211
Reviews: 2,055
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 433
Gots: 1,079 | 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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Ratings: 6,211 | Reviews: 2,055
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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a sam adams cup

A- deep copper, 2" cloud like khaki head

S- mango, papaya, orange, vanilla, caramel, funky hops, alcohol

T- mango, orange, vanilla, caramel, grapefruit bitterness, alcohol

M- creamy, average carbonation, alcohol heat

O- someone recently said, if the 4 bastards were the last beers on earth, i would be happy. I then released i feel the exact same way. These brews are basically perfect and i would have no problem drinking them everyday. This one is probably my 2nd favorite of the bunch. This year, stone upped the adv's from 10.5% to 11.2%, and sadly it shows. Other then that, i can't think of anything negative to say about it.

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4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle into a snifter, 2009 vintage

A: Pours a clear, but dark amber color with a finger of very dense white head. Head retention is superb, maybe the best I've seen in any beer.

S: Raisins and prunes dominate this aroma. In the background, I get a bit of caramel. I also get a bit of dark cherry and licorice to add to the complexity.

T: Wow - so smooth. Toffee sweetness is now upfront with a perfect amount of hop bitterness to keep the beer from ever becoming too sweet. Dark fruits are still there, I get a nice amount of raisins that go well with the toffee. Brandy soaked cherries help round out the flavor. There is no hint of booze.

M: Thick mouthfeel with extremely creamy carbonation.

O: This beer is phenomenal. There is so much complexity in the flavor, this beer has developed into something truly remarkable. It is also nicely balanced, I think I've hit a sweet spot in age.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 12/9/12

Note: After this beer, I will have reviewed 100/100 of the Beers of Fame. 2012 goal complete. It's good to have such productive goals.

Appearance: Somewhere between moderate amber and deep copper - pours with a foamy, off-white head - fades to a little cap, leaves some nice streaks and spotty lacing

Smell: Cooked, lightly burnt caramel - roasted grains, with a load of herbal elements and some grass - earthy hops - some sweetness, with sweet caramel, toffee, and a touch of molasses - some dark fruits - overall, a bit too earthy and overcooked for my taste

Taste: Cooked, roasted grains - caramelized grains, cooked caramel, and some roasty notes - cooked, dried out dark fruits - hoppy, in a very earthy, herbal, and leafy way - some citrus as well - moderate, earthy bitterness - some concentrated citrus rind as well

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, adequate carbonation, lightly oily, with a lingering bitterness

Overall: An accurate name, but not necessarily ideal

Double (Arrogant) Bastard sounds like a good idea, right? Unfortunately, it's not ideal. This beer doubles the earthy, leafy, herbal dirtiness that I do not particularly care for in Arrogant Bastard. I had this about 4 years ago, and I wasn't a big fan. My current assessment is about the same. But maybe it improves with some aging.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for splitting the bottle. 2012 vintage.

Appearance: Deep dark brown amber. Ruddy. A tiny collar. White, loose and bubbly. Pours with minimal carbonation. A little heavier than expected on the pour.

Smell: Roasted, slightly toasted, deeply caramelized malts. Seriously cooked and overcaramelized a touch. Some nice mild citrus hopping. Pine needles. Grapefruit and some fleshy orange. Some earthy undertones coupled with a nice floral element. Big biscuity malt presence. Undercooked dough.

Taste: Odd earthy undertone to some sweet biscuity malts. Caramel malt sweetness. Some overcooked and deeply caramelized malts. Grapefruit flesh coupled with some pine needles. Lingering bitterness maintains an even keel. Big malty backbone. Chewy malt sweetness. Some backing alcohol. Almost tropical at times, something akin to pineapple. Some roasted and mildly toasted malts. Sharp bit of aspirin bitterness on the finish as it warms. So much aspirin.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Carbonation is moderate. Some clinging bitterness with a nice dryness on the finish.

Overall: Double the Bastard, Double the Fun. Double your pleasure with Double Bastard. (Except not)

A slightly larger version of it's younger brother. Maltier than it should be. Lacks some of the overall roasted profile is lacking. Hops seem a little off as well. Something less than stellar from Stone, and that hurts.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Mink's on Delk Rd. in the ATL. 2011 vintage bottle.

-Appearance 3.5: Poured out a murky-looking brown goo with lots of errata floating around in it. Medium sized head that stuck around for a few minutes before becoming swirls on the top.

-Smell 4.5: Wow! Thick, malty bouquet with roasted grains and caramel notes. Lots of hops present, but none of it the familiar grapefruit. I also pick up butterscotch, pineapple, thick orange marmalade...very complex bouquet on this brew.

-Taste 4.5: The hop assault begins in the front! Lovely alkaline flavors seeping all around fade into a slightly sweet, smooth, big malty kick in the middle. Finish is also slightly sweet, with lots more of the hops and malt. Everything is so wonderfully balanced. Finish is hoppy and lasts for several minutes. I feel like I could ignite a match with my breath after a sip of this beer.

-Mouthfeel 3.5: Carbo level is pleasing to the palate and accentuates this beer.

-Overall 4.5: Excellent beer. I mean...EXCELLENT BEER! Amazing melange of hops and barley malt and just hits the bullseye and then some with what makes a beer a beer. Totally AMERICAN in style and taste. I can think of no parallel to this beer. Not to imply that it is the best beer ever, just that it is unique (to me, anyway). Regardless, I heartily recommend it and you'd be out of your tree to pass it up...if you are lucky enough to find it.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a snifter.

A: Poured a dark red brown color with a thin white head.

S: Reminds me of smelling an American barley wine, highly hopped and malty, except on the sweeter side, like a sweet cherry smell.

T: The taste follows the nose well. Has a nice hop bite to it, yet also a big sweet malt back bone to tame the hops. On the end I get a slight pepper/spice aftertaste. Just a slight booziness on the end, but a pleasant sweet one.

M: Medium bodied. Hops linger for a while. Average amount of carbonation, a little sticky.

Overall a great beer. If you like American style barley wines, you will like this beer. If you are looking for a beer with a lot of flavor, this will hit the spot.

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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