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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,474 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,474
Reviews: 1,971
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 329
Gots: 690 | FT: 27
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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gleemonger

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-29-2012 18:06:30 | More by gleemonger
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fenix1300

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-29-2012 10:18:11 | More by fenix1300
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CMorton916

California

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

03-29-2012 02:59:25 | More by CMorton916
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of Stone's Claim to Fame! I've had quite a few of these over the years but still have yet to review so here goes...but first I'll note, I've enjoyed this beer most uber fresh OR with close to two years of age on it.

The bottle in review is 2011 vintage:

A - Dark cherry red or Mahogony in color, semi- active in the 12oz La Chouffe Tulip I poured it in. One inch head rises from semi-aggressive pour but quickly diminishes. Not much in the rhelm of lacing...GOOD

S - Piney-Prickly hops with sweet pineapple smelling malts and grapefruit. There is also a good scent of cherries in there as well with moderate alcohol fumes. The problem with the Cherry mixing with the alcohol fumes is that it's faintly reminiscent of the smell of cherry cough syrup without ruining the smell of the beer, if that makes any sense...

T - Pretty much same as the nose. This beer is not short on flavor, that's for sure. As it warms it becomes boozier and a sour apple flavor comes into the mix. The mild reminder of Cherry cough syrup is there but again, not ruining the experience. Although the term Strong Ale or "category" is loosely used, this hits it on the head. This is what I would define a stong ale to be.

M - Phenominal for a beer of this magnitude or of 10.5%. Almost as if a big Imperial Red were infused with a Barleywine. The mouthfeel and taste come so close to just walking that fine line of being a Barleywine but was a wee bit shy of making it there. Still a tad bit too boozy, otherwise I would have given the mouthfeel a 5 score.

O - Very good beer. I think this 2011 vintage will be better in a year.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 22:32:57 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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KevdoggNasty


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

03-28-2012 15:46:54 | More by KevdoggNasty
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sevenarts

New York

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dense, murky orange-red, with a tan head that quickly bubbles away to almost nothing. Some lacing.

S: The best part of the beer. Lots of grapefruit hops, very sweet-smelling and fruity. Some grassy vegetative smells blended in, and a touch of the bitterness from the hops.

T: Much more bitter and mouth-puckering than the smell. The hops hit strong up front and gradually give way to a sweeter grapefruit-heavy finish. Some warming alcohol on the way down, though it's otherwise very well hidden. Typically delicious and intense Stone offering, but also very smooth and creamy despite the heavy flavors.

O: Another great offering in the Bastard line.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 21:54:00 | More by sevenarts
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RobertMathison

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

03-27-2012 04:27:24 | More by RobertMathison
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BFro

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

03-27-2012 01:10:09 | More by BFro
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PavementBlues


4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-26-2012 20:43:36 | More by PavementBlues
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AApparel

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

03-25-2012 23:35:09 | More by AApparel
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szmnnl99

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

03-24-2012 15:31:24 | More by szmnnl99
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davidtarantino

Mexico

5/5  rDev +17.1%

03-24-2012 08:44:32 | More by davidtarantino
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JavaNoire

Iowa

4/5  rDev -6.3%

03-24-2012 06:51:34 | More by JavaNoire
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Talz420


4/5  rDev -6.3%

03-23-2012 20:33:46 | More by Talz420
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

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

Poured from bomber (2011) to pint glass the beer pours an opaque amber/mahogany color with a tremendous 2.5 finger khaki colored head with nice retention and tons of gobs of lacing. Looks sticky and big. The nose is malty sweet upfront with a definitive caramel malt character. Hints of earthy hops and heat and perhaps even a touch of raisin, though mostly malt. The flavor is rich and bold with the caramel malt sweetness found in the tongue being most prominent. The earthy hop characted provides enough bitterness and flavor to provide a very balanced beer. Very creamy and smooth throughout the beer finishes sticky with a lingering mild bitterness and pleasant sweetness. Very good. Though the alcohol was present in the nose, it's indiscernible in the flavor. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, very drinkable for such a big beer. This is fantastic, a treat, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 13:18:23 | More by hopfacebrew
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augie

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.3%

03-23-2012 13:10:14 | More by augie
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nrombes

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

03-23-2012 03:35:45 | More by nrombes
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Schwag


5/5  rDev +17.1%

03-22-2012 23:17:00 | More by Schwag
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server222

Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.1%

03-21-2012 04:04:37 | More by server222
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dspencer714


4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-20-2012 15:21:10 | More by dspencer714
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illini4x4


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

03-20-2012 00:30:19 | More by illini4x4
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raulazzer

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

03-19-2012 20:16:41 | More by raulazzer
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QuakeAttack

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-19-2012 05:17:21 | More by QuakeAttack
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ThickNStout

Georgia

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

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 7.99. Served in a large snifter. 2011 vintage, no bottling date. 

Pours russet brown with 1.5 fingers rich cream head. Fair lacing. 

The smell is a nice blend of tropical hops and sweet biscuity caramel malts. 

Taste delivers on the smell. A simultanious punch of big sweet malts and orangey hops. Bold, unforgiving and tasty. The alcohol kick blends nicely. 

Mouthfeel is moderately thick without much carbonation at all to get in the way. Fairly resinous, coating the tongue for a long bitter hoppy aftertaste. 

All in all this is a damn fine beer. "American Strong Ale" is a vague style but that's definately what Double Bastard is. It's big, bold and satisfying. I'll be drinking more of this in the future. 

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 03:12:27 | More by ThickNStout
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andrewborstein

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -6.3%

03-18-2012 04:20:28 | More by andrewborstein
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,474 ratings.