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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

5,637 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,637
Reviews: 1,978
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 357
Gots: 749 | 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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4/5  rDev -6.3%

JohnQVD, Jun 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

smi, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of mjtiernan
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

22oz bottle poured into a Teku tulip at fridge temp. 2010 release, no bottle dating found.

A: A not-so-attractive “dirty water” medium brown. Basically zero head although that may be more due to the cold temp that I poured it at. Slight ring around the edge. Between the color and the head, there isn’t much here that’s drawing me in.

S: Tons of sweet syrupy malt. Graham cracker and light molasses. Some alcohol and vanilla.

T: Oh man, this is way better than I expected. Very many barleywine characteristics. The flavors meld together nicely and it isn’t nearly as cloying as the nose indicated. It’s much like the nose, but there’s a muted solidarity in the flavor profile that keeps it from becoming too much. With all its intensity, I can’t believe how smooth this is.

M: Body is medium to full, texture a bit syrupy, carb soft and finish is moderately alcoholic.

O: Wow. I immediately regret buying only a single bottle because I’d like to try this again in 2-3 years. I don’t know what this was like fresh, but it’s drinking very nicely now. These flavors really work together. This would be amazing with all sorts of different desserts or caramelized meats.

mjtiernan, May 31, 2012
Photo of nheinzie57
3/5  rDev -29.7%

nheinzie57, May 30, 2012
Photo of drjman
4/5  rDev -6.3%

drjman, May 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

KevinTK, May 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Jakers90, May 29, 2012
Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%

Pours a dark amber with a tan head. Good retention.

In the nose is grainy, grass notes, resinous pine notes.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel as it works its way around your mouth caramel notes roll around to oily pine punch in the back. This is a big tasty brew in harmony with all its bad self. I think it will only get better with age. Awesome.

Chickenhawk9932, May 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

djtomain, May 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Kaisermatt, May 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Tunguska, May 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

kidpresentable, May 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

ste5venla, May 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Hopmodium, May 25, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

22oz bomber served in a snifter.

pours a hazy, ruddy amber tone with just shy of 2 fingers' off-white head; good retention and lacing.

bold, aromatic nose with a strong hoppy presence (pine resin, citrus), and caramel malts... vague suggestion of brown sugar, as well as a bit of alcohol. flavor-wise, the malts dominate up front, with hop flavors emerging more mid-palate, followed by a dry, warming, hoppy finish. nicely balanced. there's a mild but perceptible astringent note in the finish, but otherwise this is a tasty, nicely built beer. alcohol is apparent but given the >10% ABV i'd say it's relatively well-hidden.

medium-plus bodied, smooth mouthfeel with a bit of chew to it; moderately carbed. considering the gravity of this beer IMO it's pretty damn drinkable. highly recommended.

originally reviewed: 10-08-2010

BostonHops, May 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Carillon, May 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Coax, May 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

erha2, May 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

ddelozier5, May 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

TylerW, May 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

FrankK, May 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

SickNukes, May 22, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours a dark ruby-brown with a finger of light brown tan head. Smell is caramel malt, pine and floral hops. Taste is quite sweet and malty, with nicely balanced floral, bitter hops. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and medium bodied. Very drinkable for the high ABV. Overall an excellent brew from Stone and well worth the price of admission.

vonnegut21, May 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

TimH, May 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

MaChiNe, May 19, 2012
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,637 ratings.