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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,387 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,387
Reviews: 1,970
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 316
Gots: 667 | FT: 25
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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beermaned

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-10-2012 14:19:13 | More by beermaned
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jlove5

Georgia

4/5  rDev -6.3%

02-10-2012 13:55:10 | More by jlove5
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

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

A: 3/4" tan coloured head over dark amber coloured liquid.

S: Sweet honey malt.

T: Strong pine hops with some tangerine over a honey malt backbone.

M: Medium to thick viscosity with fine carbonation.

O: Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. Even though I'm not the biggest fan of the style; this is very nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 09:20:11 | More by DaftCaskBC
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rangerred

Tennessee

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

2011 vintage poured int a Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale snifter.

Appearance is a hazy dark ruby with a tiny head that fades to a thin ring around the glass.

Smells of fruit but a couple different kinds. I pick up some orange, grapefruit, and pineapple presumably from the hops but then also dark fruit; figs and raisins. Also some wood.

The taste starts out quite sweet with some light citrus coming in next, much like an Imperial IPA. There is then a transition to the darker fruits more typical in a Barleywine. There is some vanilla along with wood towards the finish. A fairly strong bitterness comes in at the end along with some pineapple. Finally there is a somewhat drying bitterness with hints of tobacco.

Overall this is a very complex and enjoyable beer. There is so much going on and it constantly changes as the beer warms. A sipper for sure kind of wish it came in something smaller than a 22oz bomber.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 02:38:01 | More by rangerred
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sneth019

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-10-2012 01:23:12 | More by sneth019
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NikkoE82

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-09-2012 22:07:49 | More by NikkoE82
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Gary779

South Africa

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours with a thick (3 fingers+) creamy head, that stays quite well. The beer has an almost mystical ruby colour to it.

S: A definite deep hoppy smell is the first thing that greets the nose. The smell is quite big, but excessively difficult to analyse. Elements in the smell include oranges, melons, roasted marshmallows, red grapes, lemon cream biscuits and some glazed cherries.

T: The taste comes in three distinct phases:
1)As the beer enters your mouth, there is a seductive sweetness that envelopes the mouth, including flavours of glazed cherries and sugared pineapple, but
2) very shortly after, a piney bitterness starts descending on your mouth, depositing a vanilla like taste on the tongue.
3) This then turns into a relentless bitterness upon swallow that will stay with you until the next sip.

M: Carbonation of the beer is quite smooth and the body is both full and heavy. Quite pleasant.

O: A very different beer, and one I would have again. Its unique nature tickles the imagination

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 14:10:47 | More by Gary779
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mikemoeller112

California

5/5  rDev +17.1%

02-09-2012 03:38:43 | More by mikemoeller112
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bearisprime

California

5/5  rDev +17.1%

02-08-2012 22:38:45 | More by bearisprime
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Fitzmke

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.3%

02-08-2012 22:11:10 | More by Fitzmke
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HopHeadInOhio

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -18%

02-08-2012 13:17:56 | More by HopHeadInOhio
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ChumleyX

California

5/5  rDev +17.1%

02-08-2012 03:05:00 | More by ChumleyX
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stimblin

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -29.7%

02-07-2012 19:54:04 | More by stimblin
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jakesingleton

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -18%

02-07-2012 13:16:37 | More by jakesingleton
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Profchaos20

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.3%

02-07-2012 01:38:50 | More by Profchaos20
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jwat

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

02-07-2012 00:29:48 | More by jwat
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rmehughes

Indiana

4/5  rDev -6.3%

02-06-2012 13:39:05 | More by rmehughes
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mpdrago

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

02-06-2012 05:46:23 | More by mpdrago
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stairwell2811bre

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-05-2012 23:41:15 | More by stairwell2811bre
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Kenai4

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +17.1%

02-05-2012 17:18:02 | More by Kenai4
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle 10,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
2011 Vintage

Thanks to futura123 for this one.

Appearance: A rough pour yields a massive, ultra thick, yellow-tinged head that displays immense staying power. The lacing is not quite as good as I expected, however a light swirl coats the glass in beautiful alcohol legs.
The body seems thick and is a stunning combination of glowing red, orange and amber. Double Bastard is certainly one of the best looking beers I have had recently!

Smell: Absolutely delicious! Double Bastard smells like a massive IPA crossed with a sweet barley wine. The initial aroma is of orange zest, grapefruit pith, bitter resin, marmalade, sweet melon, pineapple, lemon zest and caramel malt. As the beer warms, the nose becomes a lot sweeter with more caramel malt as well as brown sugar, toasted malt, sweet glazed cherries and strawberries. While Alcohol is noted through a light tickle in the nose, it is far from bothersome and adds another dimension to an already complex nose.

Taste: As expected, Double Bastard is one beast of a beer! The boys at stone must have thrown every last hop in California into this to cover up such a monolithic malt base! The initial flavour is that of sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, toasted grain and glazed cherries, this is quickly overtaken by a tongue shredding bitterness and a wealth of hop flavours including orange zest, grapefruit pith, resin and a certain leafy/herbal quality.

Mouthfeel: Now this is what a big beer should feel like! Full body, lightly sticky with a low level of stunningly smooth carbonation.

Overall: Does Double Bastard make me feel unworthy? No not quite, but it is still a damn delicious offering from Stone and one I hope to have again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 09:54:21 | More by Thehuntmaster
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GreyGhost4

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -41.5%

02-05-2012 03:03:59 | More by GreyGhost4
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leinie13

Ohio

2/5  rDev -53.2%

02-05-2012 02:21:39 | More by leinie13
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my duvel tulip

A- nice one finger off white head forms beautifully, deep copper/amber with a tinge of brown. Nice lacing

S- a ton of complexity here, Pine, citrus, caramel, malty sweetness, like a sticky sweet hop forest. Alcohol. Almost cherry

T- deep sweet malt, caramel, pineapple, pine, alcohol, wood, just as complex and intriguing as the nose. Bready on the end.

M- a bit viscous and sticky, smooth with a dry pine finish, low/medium carbonation... bit of a bitter pine left in the mouth

O- a classic must try, deeply complex and intriguing flavors, everything remains well rounded at the same time, however not for the tame inexperienced palate, i can remember hating this brew the first couple times intried it.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 02:20:34 | More by PeterIngemi
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blacksteyraug

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +17.1%

02-05-2012 01:27:37 | More by blacksteyraug
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,387 ratings.