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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,996 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,996
Reviews: 2,009
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 386
Gots: 914 | FT: 31
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 Jamesthebrit
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a bottle then it appeared at the growler stand the next week. I had to do it! Also decided to review it before having my udon with red rooster sauce rather than after.

A: Thick semi hazy reddish brown. Perfect amount of carbonation. Head is a little weak at first but leaves good lacing.

S: Very balanced with some good floral hop notes but also some woody herbaciousness. Some sweetness as well. A hint of citrus in there. Very complex.

T: If there was a beer that tasted a 5 this would be it. Hits you at first with the hops which are sharp and not overwhelming. Then it comes in with a woody earthiness that is a sharp contrast to the floral notes at the start. As the taste fades you get hit with some citrus orange lemon acid which again, is in contrast to the previous flavors. Then the bittereness comes back in the end to finish it out. Goes does exceptionally smooth for such a high ABV and the amount of control here is insane.

M: carbonation is rather aggressive. Great flavor development but pretty intense.

Overall this is one of the best beers I've had. Insanely well controlled complexity and a variety of flavors. Very palatable for so high an ABV. A must have.

Photo of Slycer
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of DoubleBastard
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of StPaulShredder
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of bruno1187
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of VernonKell
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of mecmd
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of SadMachine
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes from 11/14/12

A- Pours a deep amber with reddish hues and a voluptuous off-white head with excellent retention and lacing.

S- Pungent aroma of ripe, dark fruits (figs, plums), caramel, and a hint of banana. A bit of piney hop aroma pushes through along with a little bready yeast. Super complex nose!

T- The first thing I notice about the taste is that it has a lot of roasty malt and a lot more hop-bitterness than expected from the nose. This is a thick, bready, and complex beer! The caramel sweetness takes over in the middle of the palate before giving way to some fig and raisin. It goes out with a bang, assaulting your palate with a load of dry, bitter, piney/grassy hops.

M- Thick, and doesn't hide the booziness much.

O- This beer lives up to the hype! Can't wait to try my other bottle w/ a year or so on it!

Photo of homersimpson67
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been thinking about trying this one for awhile. Would love to buy the $100 3 litter bottle at my local beer establishment. Not sure how to chill it though. Settled for a nice 22oz bomber. Not dissapointed! Yes it is strong. As the bottle states "diatribe" on the label a perfect discription to say the least.
Pours a lovely dark mahogany into my favorite tulip. At least 2 fingers of glorious white foam that settles into and excellent lacing of delicate bubbles.
This smells like Christmas, sweet and spicey and everything nicey.(sorry about that one). A very enticing aroma of cranbery and nutmeg with a dash of maybe cinnamin and pumpkin pie.
As I slowly pour this over my tongue it hits you right away. Very sugaring and hoppy and I knew this one was loaded. It does remind me of a fresh barley wine type ale and it lingers on my tongue and into my nose for some time after a good swallow. Definately a unique flavor for sure. They certainly didn't hold back on the suger and hops!
It feels great but as the label implies it is not for the weak. This is a one to sip slowly and cautiously and let it warm a little as I believe the flavor gets more complex over time.
Again if you try read the label, it says it all. Stone is really wise in its ways and has again come up with a winner!
Yummy. I will sleep with a smile.

Photo of gshak
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of nUgZ
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark amber/ruby color with a 1 1/2 finger head and very nice lacing.

S: Lots of sweet hops up front along with some caramel and faint malt aromas. Not nearly as much nuttiness as the original.

T: I get a good amount of sweet hops and roasted malts. The nuts are more pronounced in the taste than the smell. The alcohol is there, but it's hard to tell it's over 11%.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with very good carbonation. Just how a Strong Ale should be.

O: This beer is not for the weak! It'll slap you around and ask you if you're ready for more. If a dominatrix was turned into a beer, this would be it. Just enough sweet and enticing flavors to keep you wanting more, but it has the potential to hurt you. I like!!

Photo of kbenson
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Doughbodyboy
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured the 22oz in a large glass. really deep amber color. the head builds up quickly and lingers thin on the top. it smells hoppy, nice. there is also some caramel that is hangin around. the malt in the taste is roasty and caramel. the hop note is real nice and bitter. just enough to be slightly more pronounced than the malt. the roasty flavors really linger around. it feels thick and prickly in the mouth. I'm about half way through it at this point and its kickin in, startin to get a smile...finished now. the name says it all. double arrogant for sure. the higher alcohol is really all i wanted from the original but im glad thats not the only difference. cheers

Photo of Kubrickx
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of yamar68
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally reviewing this one...

Pretty silent looking copper orange body with a solid finger of off white to khaki head that retains and laces well, not much in the way of alcohol legs.

Loads and loads of dense hop notes... bitter dry grapefruit, dripping with tropical fruit syrups, puree, absolutely delightful in this respect... some caramel and faint cinnamon beneath all of that, no real booze character to be spoken for.

Even bigger to the tongue... harsh bitterness plays alongside a more noticeable alcohol presence, tremendous hop bill is very obvious, not quite as smooth and tame as the nose would suggest.

The bitter booze limits the approachability of this one - definitely prefer it with a year or so on it.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a very dark ruby brown color with very little clarity. The head is nice for 11.2% - a one finger light mocha color with nice retention and a wonderful texture. It looks almost like cream floating on top of the beer. There's a nice sheet of lacing down the glass, as well.

S: Don't know why, but the aroma isn't as explosive as I anticipated. The usual suspects of caramel, toffee, and nuttiness are there along with the piny/citrusy hops one would expect from a bastard, but I kind of expected a little more in general.

T: Well, it tastes just like a stronger version of Arrogant Bastard does; I don't know why i expected something different. Nuttiness is strong from the get go, while the finish is a classic Arrogant Bastard 'sneak-up-on-you-with-oily-pine-flavors'. There seems to be a slightly brighter presence of citrus near the finish, and - naturally - the aftertaste is fairly boozy. I can't seem to pick up the faint vanilla presence other reviewers are detecting. The lack of complexity given its gravity is disappointing...but the Arrogant Bastard has never been about finesse, balance, subtlety, or nuance, has he?! Not quite as sweet as I expected, luckily.

M: Smooth and thick like a milkshake - right up until the hop oils sneak up on you. I love the feel of this in general; the boozy/resiny linger on the palate works perfectly for what this is trying to accomplish.

O: Every time Stone lets me down (see: 16th Anniversary IPA, SSR, IPA, and IRS to a lesser extent), I have something from them that restores my faith in them (see: 15th Anniversary black ale and Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout). So I guess this is another beer that helps raise my opinion of Stone somewhat? The shameless, heavy handed nature of Double Bastard is what gives it its charm - it's the ephitet "fuck you" in beer form. I don't really like Arrogant Bastard anymore, so it's good to know that someone else in the bastard family can come through for me.

Photo of silentdonkey
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of JVan
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of rawfish
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of funkyaudio
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Etan
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always really liked Double Bastard, so I wanted to get a fresh bottle to review. Here it is, 2012 vintage.

A: Pours a very nice ruby-amber with a nice spongy off-white head.

S: Pungent citrus, bitterish resin, doughy grain and thick caramel, herbal, toffee.

T: Tobacco, mint, burnt caramel, oily, leafy bitterness, orange and grapefruit rind, earthy alcohol notes, cakey sweetness in the finish.

M: Somewhat thick-bodied with creamy carbonation. Very bitter on the palate.

O: Still one of my favorite Stone offerings. Bracing and delicious.

Photo of drinkAK
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of sergeantstogie
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of harrymel
3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Vintage 2012,
Pours copper, light tan central dome and rim with some confluent etching. Smells of alcohol, hops (weed, resin, grapefruit and some tea) plenty of crystal malts, some more tea some more booze, a bit of nougat and vanilla and banana. Flavor is bitter, boozy and sweet. Lots of malt, lots of bittering hops, plenty of alcohol character. Medium bodied with moderate carb. I don't think I care for this fresh. Not at all.

vintage 2010- 15AUG11 - 2/4/3.5/3.5/4-3.63
A: Pours a turbid copper ale with less than a single finger of light peanut foam. This dissipates rather quickly to a mirror surface and a central cap of foam. No lacing. Surprised at how turbid this is.
S: Caramel malts, toffee, richly blended. Really nice smell, and for some reason, when I take a good long hit of this, I get candied and mulled orange smells. I dig it. Reminds me of a well aged barley wine.
T: Sweet and bready with a midline transition highlighting the alpha acid in here. Then an additional mutation to a slightly oxidized and metallic grain bed. Above average for sure.
M: Medium on heavy for the style with moderate to lo carb. Transient slick on the palate falls dry at the end.
O: Good beer. Look foward to reviewing fresh.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,996 ratings.