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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,042 Ratings

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Ratings: 5042
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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Photo of LisaEisMe


4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

22 ounce Beer Club Mug-$7

A- Deeper orange in color.2 finger lingering head.

S- Hop was evident, pine and citrus with bready aroma.

T- Not as hoppy as I anticipated, smooth. nice full piney taste.


O- I liked it much but it is a dangerous beer. Knocked me over big time. Sip slowly and enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2014 20:48:44 | More by LisaEisMe
Photo of LambicPentameter


4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City, paired with a pressed turkey and cheddar with sauerkraut and whole-grain mustard on marble rye bread. Served in a small Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Pour yields a sudsy caramel off-white head of a finger ahd a half. Mostly microbubbles, but a smattering of larger, soap-like bubbles are atop the beverage as well. Retention is excellent and leaves spots of lacing on the glass as I drink it down. Supporting the head is a beautiful dark crimson-amber hue with some shades of magenta or almost purple to give it an amethyst like quality, but more red. Maybe like a cross between an amethyst and a ruby. Very pretty shade of red in any case.

Smell - The smells of caramel malt and pungent hops compete to be the most predominant on the nose. Beneath that there are elements of dark fruit--specifically black plum and perhaps black cherry, but without any of the tartness that usually accompanies cherries. Maybe even some hints of raisin as well, although faint. the hops used are earthy and peat-like, rather than citric or floral.

Taste - Initially, I get some light sweetness, like light molasses or maybe even Grade A (light amber) maple syrup. But that is quickly complimented by the bittering of the hops used to avoid this from becoming just a lot of sweet malt. The hops are aggressive enough to provide bitterness and allow me to recognize that common beer ingredient, but they don't overpower the main character of this beer, which is malt, sweetness and a touch of light pepper.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and medium bodied, with ample carbonation for the style, but still probably moderate levels on an overall scale. Finish is sweet, but not cloying.

Overall, a wonderful beer, especially when paired with the right food. It worked quite well with the acidity and pungency of the spicy mustard and pickled flavors of the sauerkraut. But it's certainly good enough to stand on its own, even though it might be a sipping beer. I did prefer it as it warmed and allowed the malt profile to shine.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2014 22:02:53 | More by LambicPentameter
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New York

4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a brown ruby color with a one finger head. It is relatively clear.

The aroma is of big roasted burnt malts and sweet caramel. There is a bit of hops and bread.

The flavor has some hops to pick it up, but the flavor is surely of really dark hard burnt malt. Almost a woody earthy flavor. There is sweet breadiness and then it turns into huge pine bitterness. It really does not have a huge alcohol flavor with it. The bitterness really stands out and keeps it wonderful. The hops are in your face with the bitterness, although the caramel and burnt notes are truly there to give it body and roundness.

There is both aggressive sweetness and bitterness in this, but the bitterness is a bit overpowering.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2014 07:22:55 | More by dar482
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4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 10oz short wide mouth glass at Lures

A-amber color with a thin creamy white head good carbonation

S-aroma is nutty, roasted grains, and some grapefruit and hops

T-taste a sweet, bitter and booze. Your hit with the hops and the caramel malt

M-well balance with hops and malt, smooth to the tongue especially for the amount of alcohol

O-a great if you want "winter warmer" for sure by Stone

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2013 21:56:40 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of gatornation


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

on tap @ red cow

A= pours a mostly clear rusty orange color with an off white i finger head
S-sweet floral hops with a mixture of light and dark fruits some toffee
T- follows the nose with juicy hops and a range of fruits nice baked bread with caramel and toffee
M- sweet and smooth medium carbonation
O- tasty with ABV well hidden found this tasty and very easy to drink

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2013 22:20:38 | More by gatornation
Photo of Boggdogg


3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this beer on tap at a local craft beer store. Pours with nice tan colored head that lasts and has good lacing. beer is a brownish copper color. Has a nice aroma. Very strong taste of alcohol of coarse due to 11% content. Hops leave a bitter aftertaste lingering in your mouth. Overall a well brewed beer, but a little too bitter for my taste.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2013 16:51:32 | More by Boggdogg
Photo of 57md


4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a muddy brownish-copper with a thin layer of head. The nose is rich with malty goodness. The upfront taste is also malty and hearty. The sweet finish also carries with it a slight kiss of alcohol heat. There is also a trace of hoppiness that nicely co-mingles with the sweet malts.

This is a complex sipper that paired well with my black diamond steak.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2013 04:28:55 | More by 57md
Photo of pkalix


4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

for Stone. i was expectin mass hops....
poured a dark amber, little head, very little carbonation...
smell is sweet, malts and barley; very nice and unexpected.
taste is of the same. very much easier than expected to put down. even after a long conversation with the beautiful red-head next to me, the warming of the brew was a complete non-factor. this is urprisingly easy to drink, sweet and almost delicious-especially for the abv.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2013 03:08:31 | More by pkalix
Photo of Chadhowie


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

Double bastard literally doubles itself on multiple levels. It's not that it's a "better" beer than the original, just bolder and stronger. So it really comes down to preference. I personally love it and wish I could get it where I live. But I'll take getting it when I can until that changes.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2013 22:26:44 | More by Chadhowie
Photo of thecheapies


3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2012 Double Bastard, in a tall pint. Yikes... I mean, thanks.

Pours a cloudy auburn color with a thick, dimpling cap. Looks almost positively still. Mesmerizing lacing.

Toffee malts, pine hops, booze, pecan, and some citrus notes. Aromatically flexing. She's a big girl.

Brash hops go big and go bitter from the onset. A juggernaut of pine and pith and more pine. Aggressively bitter. Counter-punch of toffee malts and rigorous toasty and nutty flavors only begs to spell me some relief. This is an axe to the back of the tongue, in a fun way. Throat-gripping strength shows up with about as much tenderness as military-grade rocket fuel. Hints of floral notes and caramel brittle. This Bastard is doubly beastly.

Can't spare much love for the feel. Astringently bitter. Rough and gruff. Boozy, so it should be a sipper, but I'm slugging. Honestly, the body holds up to the carbonation. Kudos?

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2013 02:49:40 | More by thecheapies
Photo of sprucetip


4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at RIBCO in Rock Island, Illinois

Amber, clear, modest head and retention, minimal lacing.

Boozy with caramel and spiced by piny and citrusy hops.

Rich caramel malty sweetness, fairly aggressive bitterness, pine and citrus hops, and obvious alcohol. It is what it says it is.

Well carbonated, strong warming, full body, bitter finish. A little too much warming to score higher.

And aggressively hoppy and bitter DIPA with strong caramel malty body supporting and balancing (to some extent). I'm sure I've had it before, but it's been a while. I enjoyed it and would have it again. Stone hoppy beers sometimes seem great, and sometimes average. Living far from San Diego may have something to do with that. Maybe sometimes I have had fresh and other times not?

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2012 03:34:47 | More by sprucetip
Photo of One2Remeber


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

A: Dark amber/orange hue body. Light khaki head, as dense as could be, sticky. More transparent but still cloudy.

S: Dark candied caramel, toffee, citrus/lemon. Strawberry fruit roll-up. Earthy perfume undertones.

T/M: Red candy licorice, overbearingly sweet. Clean and pronounced flavors. Mouth feel is creamy and soft which offsets the alcohol burn left over. If I did not drink so many hop bombs I would say this is hop forward. Malts and hops shine at different times.

O: Big boy drink only deserving to sip till it warms to room temperature. This beer will tell you what Stone brewing company is all about in a nutshell. Extreme flavors, unique style and satisfies all kinds of beer nerds. Combination of AV Boont Amber Ale, SN Big Foot Barleywine and Stone IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2012 06:03:58 | More by One2Remeber
Photo of BMMillsy


4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Arrogant Bastard tap takeover at House of Beer in Gaiensville. Clear deep amber pour with creamy off white head. Heavy caramel toffee aroma, some fruit, but mostly focused on the huge malts here. Flavor is very dry with malty sweetness, caramel, toffee, biscuits, plenty of bitter to boot. Alcohol warmth is strong with this one, but not overwhelming. Big brew, yet not syrupy on the palate. Nice.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2012 17:59:59 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of cfrances33


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

On tap at Varga Bar in Philly on 7/6/12. Served in a snifter.

Pour: Cloudy copper with two fingers of tannish-white head.

Smell: Strong floral and citrus hops with some pine mixed in. Also some brown sugar sweetness.

Taste: Very similar to the nose. Toasty brown sugar and sweet caramel are dominant but not overshadowing of bitter hops. Hops provide some piney aspects, but mostly served just to add bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and a sipper for sure. No trace of the alcohol.

Overall: Great, and I will definitely seek out bottles to age and drink now.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2012 17:19:49 | More by cfrances33
Photo of jaasen64


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

On-tap at Yardhouse Fenway. 2011 vintage. Served in a goblet.

A- Dark mahogany brown, barely translucent, about three fingers of brownish off-white creamy head that slowly recedes, average to slightly above average carbonation. Tons of layered lacing.

S- Sweet smelling of bready malts, caramel, hops, and a little bit of pine + booze in the background. Definitely a little bit more aromatic then your average beer.

T- Sweet bready malts, caramel, followed by bitter hops that have a very slight piney taste. Lightly sweet boozey aftertaste.

M- A little bit creamy but fairly medium bodied, especially at the beginning before the head recedes. Average carbonation. Well-balanced. Smooth for 10.5% abv but not the smoothest 10.5% beer I've had- still a little bit of alcoholic burn going down, not bad though. Easily drinkable.

O- This was a very well done Ale that I wouldn't mind ordering again in the future. It had a nice sweetness that was balanced with a generous amount of hops. For 10.5% it was easily drinkable. In my opinion it was nothing spectacular, but definitely well done. I would recommend trying it. For $7/pint it wasn't too bad.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2012 21:54:11 | More by jaasen64
Photo of troysoy2


4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at 1 for the Road in Wexford, PA, in a pint glass.

This beer is a devious, darker brown with a off-white finger or so of head. Not so much retention really, leaving a ring around the glass, and some lacing at the top of the glass only.

Smell is of citrus hops and as it warms up, honey and some sweetness from the malt.

Served cold, at first I got a mouthfull of hops. Citrus, and pretty resiny. Don't get me wrong, this was fine, but I knew there had to be much more to this beer. Luckily, as it warmed up, I started to get a sense of honey, raisins, and an almost confectionery sweetness. The alcohol was really well hidden, but occasionally poked up and showed its face.

And in all honesty, the mouthfeel had me just as enthralled as the taste - if not more. Smooth and creamy. Heavenly, in fact. 5 points!

This is a beer that's definitely got a lot going for it. Complex is its middle name, and I feel lucky to have gotten some on tap. Definitely worth a revisit.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2012 01:45:05 | More by troysoy2
Photo of Spider889


4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Winking Lizard in December, review from notes.

Served in a true tulip - nice one WL, stepping up your game.

The beer is a deep unfiltered plum color. Showcases a short but dense meringue of bone-white foam. Decent head retention and sticky, chunky lace cling to my glass.

The aroma is very unassuming - some soap and leather are what first catch my attention. The hop aroma isn't very big like you might expect coming from Stone (and considering the taste).

Great flavor on this Strong Ale. Very bitter - though this likely balances out an otherwise extremely sweet beer. Dry malt flavors and toffee with some dried cherries and herbal hop flavor. Pine and a subtle sticky sweetness underlie it all.

There's some chalkiness to the mouthfeel, and of course the long-lasting and pervasive bitterness. Strong and boozy, but Double Bastard delivers exactly what you'd expect.

Overall this is a beer that needs to be sipped slowly, and is not something to imbibe in regularly. Nevertheless, it packs a punch flavor-wise and is well worth the trip once in a while.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 20:21:23 | More by Spider889
Photo of Merkur


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

Enjoyed the 2011 version on tap into a tulip glass.

Beer pours a nice orange color.

Beer smells extremely sweet and hoppy. Smell is almost like that of pineapple.

Tasts very hoppy and sweet initially and then flavors open up on the back end with a carmel flabor and boozy finish. For being over 10% alcohol, this beer is surprisingly smooth and even a bit easy to drink (relatively speaking).

Beer has a nice mouthfeel and laces well throughout.

Excellent strong ale.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2012 01:40:31 | More by Merkur
Photo of armock

New York

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

On tap at Helm's Ale House in Tracy, CA

A - Poured a mahogany color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet caramel malt with a good bit of alcohol

T - Follows the nose with caramel malt upfront then a strong alcohol finish

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - This is a good tasting beer the alcohol in the taste is a little strong for me but that par for the style its a good beer to sip on and relax with worth picking up sometime

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2012 21:36:57 | More by armock
Photo of Brenden


4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from the Stone event at The Attic last night. Double Bastard 2011 fresh on tap = epic.

The color seems to be (as I made comparison in my notes on V.E. 11.11.11.) an amper-up version of that beer, a similar color but more red-amber than amber-red with a bit more depth. A sticky tan-brown head over a finger tall just hangs out in my glass the whole time, remaining in patches and trailing legs as it drops.
While just a little less than I can draw from the flavor, there's plenty of complexity in this beauty. Caramel, citrus rind, toffee, some liquer, dark fruits, and wood (and this isn't -bal aged) mingle with citric, pine and floral hops in harmony and in such a way that they complement rather than clash.
A bit more gentle sipciness pulls through in the flavor with something like brandy or an excellent bourbon sitting under a dual foundation of hops and malts. I don't know that an American Strong ale can get much tastier or more complex, as all the elements in the aroma mingle, yet each and every one is discernable. This is a beauty and an absolute pleasure to drink. Anyone who loves scotch or the like and wants or needs something intense and , like a good book or a good woman, beautiful, incredibly and fascinatingly deep and complicated yet relatable must drink this beer. Must.
The mouthfeel is rich, lush, deep, and nearly as complex as the flavor. There are practically layers to this beer. It's almost velvety smooth off a gentle carbonation and offers a lingering finish.
This is a beauty.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2011 15:54:48 | More by Brenden
Photo of brealbg


4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful red and very strong flavored Ale. Heavy hop aroma and flavor. Full body, slick texture with a long and bitter (hoppy) finish.

*head- large, excellent lacing
*average carbonation
*red in color

*roasted grain, floral, citrus, pear.

*roasted grain, pine, grapefruit, and pear,
long duration, light sweetness, light acidity, and heavy bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2011 13:59:03 | More by brealbg
Photo of ChugginOil


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage on tap @ The House Pub

Pours a reddish brown color that is quite dark but still transparent. There is a fingers worth of off-white that dissipates quickly.

The nose is very sweet and malt with bread-like notes. Some tobacco and leather is also noticeable, as well as a touch of heat.

The taste is beastly and has notes of caramel, butterscotch, and some sweet malty goodness. The abv is brought down significantly from the year of age. There is a bread-like taste in the finish.

The mouthfeel is pretty thick and big bodied. There is a stickiness to it that leaves it's flavors across my palate.

Overall, very enjoyable, big-bodied ale that takes to age very nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2011 01:10:13 | More by ChugginOil
Photo of TMoney2591


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

Served in an Arrogant Bastard shaker pint glass at Plainfield's Tap House.

And here, finally, the Accidental Highway to Hell Tour comes to a conclusion. What a ride (and (insert inside joke wink here) it doesn't even really end here, per se). Anyway, this brew pours a dark amber-rust topped by a finger of off-tan foam. The nose comprises orange zest, grapefruit zest, caramel, pine resin, toffee, black pepper, and a touch of booze. The taste brings in more of the same, with more pine (which is more toward sap than resin here) and the addition of some mandarin orange syrup for good measure. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a richly textured and generally enjoyable brew. Definitely not for the faintest of hearts. Good times.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2011 06:01:43 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Scotchboy


3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review No. 250

Had on-tap @ Brewfora Beer Market, Meridian ID. Poured into a tasting chalice, about 8oz I believe.

A: Pours a hazy caramel color with amber hues and a light khaki-colored head.

S: Subdued (might be the temperature)...I gets lots of malt sweetness mixed with floral pithy pine hops...toffee and toasted sweetbread...bitter citrus as well.

T: Initially its all hops-pungent pine, floral hop bitterness and intense West Coast dryness-but the malt bill cuts this down to size with a metric ton of caramel and toffee underneath...in fact the warmer this beer gets, the more the malts dominate...

MF: Decent, medium-thick mouthfeel with some sticky viscosity. Dry finish.

O: This beer isn't overrated, and I can see why people clamor for it...'underwhelmed' might be a better descriptor for me right now...overall its good but not epic. Good flavors...medium drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2011 00:51:31 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of omnigrits


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

A. A rich mahogany brown colour with a cream coloured head that vanishes a bit too quickly.

S. Oh my goodness, where to begin. Cherries, cassia bark, molasses, some spiciness. It reminds me very much of an old fashioned cough drop, and in a good way.

T. Wow. All of the above and more. Sweet malts, bready malts, hops, of course, and a superb bitter finish. Strong hints of alcohol

M. Not too heavy for such a big beer, and very, very smooth.

O. Definitely not something Stone should put out year round. It's great to look forward to and even better to actually drink, but a beer like this on hand all the time is... well, you really can have too much of a good thing. I have to get me a couple more of these and stash them away. I think it would turn into something really rather special. I want to see it dry out a little. Fresh, it's fantastic, but a little on the sweet side.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2011 02:12:22 | More by omnigrits
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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,042 ratings.