Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,037 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 2,037
Hads: 6,328
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 451
Gots: 1,159 | FT: 41
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Reviews: 2,037 | Hads: 6,328
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)

Photo of MisterGone
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

There is no way to add to over 2000 (at this writing) reviews. This is from a 2014 version, 22 oz.

The aroma lets you know you are in for it. Malts, some bitter hiding in there, and 11AVB you can feel in the back cavity of your nostrils. Big, malty goodness up front, with more in the finish. Some balancing bitter to cut the stickiness. The finish coats the tongue with the caramel maltiness but burns it good on the way down.

This will punch you in the mouth because you asked for it. (488 characters)

Photo of amsguitarist
4/5  rDev -6.1%

First time drinking this beer. Strong hops, strong malt presence. Interesting aroma, similar to what RR sours smell like... some sort of fermented apple scent. Very complex taste, bitter fades but the malt lingers for quite awhile. Alcohol presence is there, but actually not too strong for something around 11%. Definitely a sipper. (333 characters)

Photo of stouts4me
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Bought the Bastard box on a whim, haven't had many of these for awhile except for a couple enjoy boy's.
Too bad that a lot of these don't get the love that the rare beers get. Inexpensive, and quite delicious.$5 a bomber in this pack. (235 characters)

Photo of LouZ
4.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Draft. So good. Poured a nice, caramel-like copper color. Nice, sweet aromas from the glass. This was a nice surprise of hop aggressiveness, which I love, with a sweet barleywine finish! A new favorite from Stone, and worth the wait to try. (240 characters)

Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Plenty of good reviews have already been written on this beer in standard beer-review format so I decided to write a haiku about this one:

beautiful red brown
bitter creamy malty booze
I am satisfied (200 characters)

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from 22oz on 11/24/14 into tulip glass; bottled 10/24/14

A: murky, brown-amber with a 1/4", light tan head that lasts only for a few minutes except for the edges of the glass. A far amount of lacing throughout consumption.

S: An initial, punchy blend of of maltiness and hops, pseudo-sweet (raisin) and a hint of fresh-from-the-oven bread, and grapefruity-citrus. A slight wiff of alcohol lures you in just as much as it may scare you away.

T: Living up to the 'liquid arrogance' moniker posted all over the fun label, this one isn't for the faint of heart. The amount of maltiness here is generally a bit higher than I like, but is cut and balanced well with the same aggressiveness from the hopiness. A bit of carmel upfront with citrus on the finish leading to a fairly complex taste that enjoyably lingers for a few seconds. The maltiness calms a bit as this one warms.

M: Deliciously smooth carbonation with a medium to full body

O: A lot of beer within a beer as you might expect from the name and description. Surprisingly balanced, as the 1-2 punch I hoped for. Not for the faint of heart and worth trying if you enjoy other Stone offerings. Aging may mellow out the aggressive profiles, but I'd hesitate to make it maltier than it already is. (1,271 characters)

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

22 oz. bottle, vintage 2014, bottled on date 10/14/2014 printed on the bottleneck. My first encounter with the Stone Double Bastard. A long ridiculous nonsensical rant printed on the bottle, as always. My bottle lists an 11.00% abv. Not entirely sure what to expect here.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a muddled ruby reddish colored body. Less than a finger of soft tan head that goes down quick. Some minor spotty sticky lacing on the glass. It comes off in appearance as a thick and heavy beer.

S - The aroma is sweet and malty - caramel, toffee, and brown sugar, with dank resinous hop notes - pine, grapefruit, tea leaves. Some mild solventy alcohol presence is

T - Sweet & herbal. Tea leaves, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, pine, resins, grapefruit, notes of wood & vanilla present themselves.

M - The feel is fairly smooth and creamy, mildly bitter, resinous, and piney on the finish. Semi-dry. Very easy drinking though, despite the high 11.00% abv. Full-bodied with good moderate carbonation.

Overall, a tasty, layered, rich, and complex beer that grows on me more as it warms. Definitely recommended drinking, and I would for sure be interested to see what some serious age would do to one of these bottles.

Stone Double Bastard Ale -----4/5. (1,283 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber with excellent clarity. A trace of khaki colored foam covers the majority of the top of the beer, and especially around the rim of the glass. Aroma is comprised of plenty of amber malt and a bit of alcohol. The flavor is intensely malty and alcoholic. There's a warmth on the tongue that becomes a slight burn in the fade and you are left with the aftertaste of intense maltiness. A malty alcoholic bomb. Not my thing. (435 characters)

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

APPEARANCE - Orange with no head.

AROMA/SCENT - Hoppy, piney. Not sweet.

TASTE - Hoppy, dry, bitter. ABV well-hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Pleasant, dry, little carbonation.

VALUE - Reasonable.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Great beer, almost chuggable. (259 characters)

Photo of Double07Inc
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Appearance: Medium brown in color

Smell: The aromatics on this beer are great you can smell the hops, grapefruit, pine and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: This medium bodied beer is great. Good hoppie bitterness and you can taste the chocolate malts and roasted flavors and the alcohol is like a smooth whiskey.

Mouth feel: it goes down smooth, if your not use to hoppie beers, keep to your fuzzy wussies beers like the bottle say, cause your not worthy. (452 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz 2014 release bottle into a snifter.
Appearance - a cloudy, mahogany with noticeable sediment; a thin, beige head that leaves fairly weak lacing.
Smell - booze, caramel, oak, brown sugar, maple syrup.
Taste - unique, complex and flavorful! Characteristics of both an Imperial IPA and a Quad!
Feel - demands another sip due to it's complexity! Bold, bulky, and undeniably brash! Boozy, but hidden well; aggressively bitter!
Overall - a brilliantly crafted ale, worthy of it's very high praise. (510 characters)

Photo of silverblaze540
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

A - A dark amber with a redish tint. Almost no head and minimal bubbles. Barely any light passes through.

S - Malts, citrus fruit, sweet and fruity.

T - A malty and sweet front that transforms into a mild bitter aftertaste. Alcohol taste is strong.

M - Smooth, heavy body. Not a lot of carbonation, some alcohol burn.

O - The smooth heavy body combined with the malty sweet taste makes for a pleasant drink. The bitterness is fairly mild, which I like. (461 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 Realease

A - Pours a hazy brown with a one-finger off-white head. Light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma of caramel malts, brown sugar, toffee, and dark fruits.

T - Taste starts off sweet with brown sugar, toffee, and caramel malts. The is a good deal of piney hops mid palate. The finish is bitter hops and an alcohol burn.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel with a sticky dry finish.

O - This is a big beer with big flavors. This is a slow sipper that really opens up as it gets warmer. (514 characters)

Photo of Decrypticshadow
5/5  rDev +17.4%

As a former resident of Southern California, now living in New York City I can't believe I waited so long to try this phenomenal ale. These World-Class ratings are spot on by both the Bros and the BA score. So smooth, yet it tastes fresh with hoppy flavor. This beer leaves my mouth watering for more and more with ever sip I take. (331 characters)

Photo of rjs246
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Delicious. I'm arbitrarily docking points for being less drinkable than the original, but it isn't designed to be consumed in quantity anyway. Tons of flavor, tons of ABV, outstanding beer. (189 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Nose smells of rich caramel and some pine hoppiness. Reminds me of an American barleywine.

Taste is very similar but a little more bitter than expecting, but I like how it balances out the rich sweet candied dark fruit and caramel malt. It definitely comes as an American barleywine; in mouthfeel, too. Very viscous and bit syrupy. It's something you have to get into. I happen to enjoy that style of mouthfeel. The alcohol is well masked by the malt and hop presence. An awesome beer. (486 characters)

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,037 ratings.