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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,896 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,896
Reviews: 2,003
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 379
Gots: 872 | FT: 30
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 MarcWP
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

MarcWP, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottling. Poured into a Lost Abbey Teku. It pours a slightly hazy, reddish-amber color with a nice head that has some good retention considering the high ABV and lacing that practically coats the entire inside of the glass. This beer has a fabulous nose. It smells like over-ripe peaches, oranges, and pineapples mixed with rum-soaked cherries. I also pick up notes of marmalade and toast. Yummy!

The beer has a full body and a slick, velvety feel. When they call this a ``strong ale'', they aren't kidding. Sticky, syrupy flavors of sweet malt and toast greet you up front. The sweetness is very well-balanced with a nice mix of bitter, resiny hops and an alcohol warmth that nibbles at you from mid-palate on down. I'm getting flavors of biscuity maltiness, fruity esters providing hints of orange marmalade and cherries, and a bit of diacetyl. Lots of obnoxious booziness on the finish, but I don't mind. In this beer, you just know it's intentional.

This is an excellent beer, but it's definitely not something I would want to drink more than once per year. It's super-strong, but for my palate it doesn't have the complexity of Lukcy Basartd or the drinkability of Oak-Aged Arrogant Bastard. Still, I'm awfully glad I tried it.

deadonhisfeet, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of GFish
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

GFish, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Revenant
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Revenant, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of dkw0063
4/5  rDev -6.3%

dkw0063, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of micromaniac129
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma I found to be quite malty with brown sugar, I couldn't pick up really any hop notes as per other reviews.
The apperance is a ruby copper amber. Pours with a dense head though a bit small but then it also has good retention fading only a long lived surface stay. Plenty of lacing.
Drink is bitter through out with warming alcohol. Some cararmel malts and some sutle floral tasting hops. Course tasting and a smewhat clean aftertaste.
I think this beer is good nd barely worthy of another. I've had four bastards so far and the original is the best... buy far. But thats just me.

micromaniac129, Dec 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Hopstout, Dec 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Vivs85, Dec 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

BJasny, Dec 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

psuscott1, Dec 01, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -35.6%

Punkyg0608, Nov 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

DeezGunz14, Nov 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

jonbeer89, Nov 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

CGAR, Nov 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

OhioianBeerDrinker, Nov 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

cwreay90, Nov 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Proclarush, Nov 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

e30todamax, Nov 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

crazyj, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of Lemke10
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This Bastard pours a dark amber color with a long lasting, bubbly, off-white head. As standard with most Stone’s beers the scent is quite hoppy. The taste is smooth, oaky, and amazingly complex. It finishes with an oaky, hoppy after taste. This is a delicious, full bodied brew that is well worthy of its rating. Probably the closest I've had to a perfect beer yet.

Lemke10, Nov 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

InspectorBob, Nov 28, 2012
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?

sprucetip, Nov 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

LtColFrankSlade, Nov 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

CraftBrew, Nov 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Davepoolesque, Nov 27, 2012
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,896 ratings.